The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added defensive back Ed Gainey to their practice squad on June 16. Gainey, a 5-11, 195-pound native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was signed as a free agent. He suited up in
21 regular season games the last two seasons (2012-13) with the Montreal Alouettes, recording 13 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles and two fumble recoveries.
He scored his first professinal touchdown on a blocked punt against the Calgary Stampeders last season.
Gainey played at Appalachian State University from 2008-2010. He was a two-time all-Southern Conference honoree at cornerback, and a three-year starter for the Mountaineers . He moved into the starting lineup at right cornerback just five games into his freshman campaign and started 36-of-37 games.
Gainey did not play for the Mountaineers his senior year in 2011 for violating team rules. Gainey led Winston-Salem-Mount Tabor to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A state championship game in 2007. The Spartans lost to Wilmington-Hoggard 28-0 in the state finals.
Gainey played in all 14 games as a true freshman at App State in 2008, starting the final 10 at right cornerback, and registered 51 tackles, nine pass breakups and zero interceptions with half a tackle for loss. He followed that up his sophomore year in 2009. He started in 14 games at right cornerback and logged in 09 and logged 61 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and four interceptions with two tackles for loss.
Gainey moved to left cornerback in 2010 and made 11 starts with 48 tackles with 9 pass breakups and an interception with four tackles for loss in 12 games. He also made one start at free safety in the season finale vs. Villanova in the second round of the Football Championship Series playoffs. He was also a team captain for the Mountaineers.