The BC Lions have solidified their kicking game, and they’ve found quite possibly the best name in the CFL to do it.
The Lions signed former Toronto Argonauts kicker/punter Swayze Waters to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
BC was in need of a new kicker after Richie Leone left for the NFL last month.
“Swayze is an accomplished kicker who can look after all three duties at a very high level,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono. “This is a major signing for the club as it fills a significant need for us after Richie’s departure and allows us to have an extra position player on the roster rather than dressing both a punter and a kicker.”
Waters played four years with Toronto, winning a Grey Cup in 2012. He left for the NFL last season, signing a contract to play for the Carolina Panthers before being released in August.
The 29-year-old from Mississippi earned the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Award in 2014 after leading the league in kicking points (192), field goals (47), and punting average (47.7 yards).
In 46 career CFL games, Waters has a 79.5% success rate on field goals and an average of 46.9 yards on punts.