BC Lions speaking with free agent quarterback Mike Reilly: report

Feb 9 2019, 6:12 am

With days to go before Tuesday’s start of CFL free agency, the BC Lions look poised to make a splash by throwing money at the best player available.

The Edmonton Eskimos have given permission to the Lions, among other teams, to speak with quarterback Mike Reilly according to a report by¬†3 Down Nation’s¬†Justin Dunk.

Both Jonathon Jennings and Travis Lulay are pending free agents, and given comments made by Lions GM Ed Hervey late last season questioning Jennings’ work ethic, it’s a safe bet that the team will be bringing in a new starting quarterback.

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Reilly, the reigning CFL passing yards leader, is the most obvious candidate. The 34-year-old spent parts of three seasons in BC and has a relationship with Hervey from their days together in Edmonton.

The Kennewick, Washington native was the highest-paid player in the CFL last season, earning north of $500,000. He’s in line for a raise in the $700,000 range, according to¬†3 Down Nation’s sources.

Reilly completed 418 of 621 passes last season, throwing for 5,562 yards, with 30 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

He would be a welcome addition for Lulay, too. The pair have remained close since they were teammates in BC, with Lulay serving as a groomsman at Reilly’s wedding. This time it would be Lulay, 35, backing up Reilly.

It could be a free agent period full of turnover for the Lions, who have yet to sign their top two receivers, Manny Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham.

League-wide, there could be a quarterback carousel, as six of the CFL’s nine starting quarterbacks from last year are still unsigned.

Bo Levi Mitchell is the best-unsigned player, but he may test his abilities in the NFL. Other big names available include Ricky Ray (Toronto), Trevor Harris (Ottawa), and Zach Collaros (Saskatchewan).

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