Report: BC Lions sign free agent wide receiver Chris Williams to 2-year deal

Feb 14 2017, 8:54 pm

The BC Lions appear to have locked up another talented receiver.

On the second day of free agency, TSN’s Farhan Lalji is reporting that Ottawa RedBlacks wide receiver Chris Williams has agreed to a two-year deal, pending a physical.

Williams was the Grey Cup champions’ most productive receiver last season, finishing sixth in the CFL in receiving yards, despite missing four games due to injury. Williams missed the end of last season, including the RedBlacks’ Grey Cup victory, with a torn ACL.

The native of Rio Rancho, New Mexico will give yet another dangerous weapon to the disposal of QB Jonathon Jennings. Williams will join perennial star wideout Emmanuel Arceneaux (third in CFL receiving yards last season) and breakout star slotback Bryan Burnham (fourth) in a strong group of receivers that also includes the now healthy Nick Moore, Shawn Gore, and Marco Iannuzzi.

Burnham, Moore, and Iannuzzi were signed to new contracts in the last week.

WR Terrell Sinkfield is reportedly looking to the NFL.

It’s been a busy offseason for the Lions, who saw the likes of Adam Bighill, Alex Bazzie, Anthony Gaitor, Bo Lokombo, and Richie Leone bolt for the NFL.

Longtime Lion Ryan Phillips also left BC, signing with the Alouettes. Running back Anthony Allen is also making the move to Montreal.

On Tuesday, the Lions re-signed DL Mic’hael Brooks and DB Ronnie Yell. They also acquired DB Buddy Jackson (Saskatchewan) and LB Tony Burnett (Winnipeg).

TSN has reported on Wednesday that DL DeQuinn Evans (Montreal) and DB Matt Bucknor (Calgary) have both signed in BC.

Last week, BC re-signed cornerback TJ Lee and said goodbye to offensive lineman Tim O’Neill, who retired. They also got a new kicker in Swayze Waters, added Canadian DL Dylan Ainsworth, and re-signed OL Hunter Stewart.

The Lions begin the preseason in less than four months, and play their first regular season game on June 24.

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