However Drew Edwards of the Hamilton Spectator is reporting the Ticats have in fact signed Laurent - a veteran defensive tackle who was considered the most-prized free agent on the market - two a two-year deal which will pay the Ole Miss product $240,000 in 2016 and $270,000 in 2017.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes were also reportedly interested in Laurent's services.
Meanwhile Edwards reports Fantuz will be back in Hamilton for a fifth season after signing a new deal with the Tabbies however financial terms were not disclosed.
Wednesday marks Day 2 of CFL 2016 Free Agency and it promises to be another busy day, just like Tuesday. Multiple reports suggest the Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian receiver Shamawd Chambers - a former first round pick of the Edmonton Eskimos - however the team has yet to confirm it. The signing was reportedly announced on Facebook by Chambers' mother.
When Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones left his Tuesday news conference at Mosaic Stadium, he cheerfully mentioned to reporters, "We'll see ya'll tomorrow!" which was an indication that Wednesday will be another busy day.