The B.C. Lions free agent list: lots of vets could be gone

B.C. has a veteran-laden list of pending free agents.

The Lions highest-rated quarterback, top end receiver, a handful of quality offensive lineman, best pass rusher and four starters from the secondary are due to hit the open market.

Travis Lulay tore his ACL in September which means he’ll likely miss the first half of the 2018 season, but he showed the ability to be an elite quarterback at 34 years old. Mitchell Gale has arm talent and B.C. would like to bring him back if it works out. Manny Arceneaux who has 205 receptions the last two seasons as the Lions No. 1 target. Hunter Steward, Cody Husband and Kirby Fabien, all Canadians with starting experience up front. Alex Bazzie was coveted after coming back from an NFL opportunity. While Chandler Fenner, Louchiez Purifoy, T.J. Lee and Ronnie Yell are athletic defensive players.

Even though lots of talent have contracts coming to an end, there will certainly be changes to B.C.’s roster after a 7-11 season.

Travis Lulay – international
Mitchell Gale – international

Emmanuel Arceneaux – international
Nick Moore – international
Shaquille Johnson – national

Offensive line
Andrew Jones – national
Antonio Johnson – international
Hunter Steward – national
Jas Dhillon – national
Cody Husband – national
Kirby Fabien – national

Defensive line
David Menard – national
Maxx Forde – national
Alex Bazzie – international
Ricky Foley – national
Craig Roh – international
Bryant Turner Jr. – international
Louie Richardson – national

Mike Benson – national
Adrian Clarke – national

Defensive back
Chandler Fenner – international
Buddy Jackson – international
T.J. Lee – international
Ronnie Yell – international
Loucheiz Purifoy – international

Notable players under contract:
QB, Jonathon Jennings, signed through 2018 – international
RB, Jeremiah Johnson, signed through 2018 – international
RB/RET, Chris Rainey, signed through 2018 – international
FB, Rolly Lumbala, signed through 2018 – national
FB, Alex Ogbongbemiga, signed through 2018 – national
REC, Chris Williams, signed through 2018 – international
REC, Bryan Burnham, signed through 2018 – international
OL, David Foucault, signed through 2019 – national
DL, Mic’hael Brooks, signed through 2018 – international
DL, DeQuin Evans, signed through 2018 – international
LB, Dyshawn Davis, signed through 2018 – international
LB, Solomon Elimimian, signed through 2018 – international
DB, Keynan Parker, signed through 2018 – national
DB, Matt Bucknor, signed through 2018 – national
DB, Anthony Thompson, signed through 2018 – national

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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16 Comments on The B.C. Lions free agent list: lots of vets could be gone

  1. BC needs help on O and D lines. Too many sacks / pressures given up and not enough from the D line on the other teams QBs. This HAS to be a priority this year!!!

  2. Another year of Chris Williams… sad state of affairs in BC.

    • Don’t worry, I’m sure that little weasel is probably trying to concoct some “loophole” with his agent to spring him out of WallyLand. Only problem is, unlike 2013, nobody cares…LOL!

  3. With no guaranteed contracts, I would be surprised if Williams isn’t released. At the very least he needs to accept a reduced salary.

    • Williams is about Williams…always has…always will be. Pay cut? Are you kidding? His inflated head probably thinks he deserves a pay RAISE…LOL!

  4. On Monday last week, right after our last game, we have already released Kelvin Palmer, and Andrew Hudson. O-Line and esp D-line was a priority last Off-season. I remember they brought in Frank Alexander. Suddenly hit me…What ever happened to him??? I think Wally had at least 10 D-linemen in camp.

    I really regret not keeping Jovan Olafioye. I’d trade him for Chris Williams in a heartbeat. At the very least, we need to utilize plays that fit Wiliam’s strengths. Too many times we just had Williams runs down field, JJ throw it as far as he could and hope they met at the intersection. Many players said, and I agree, we have the players but did not play to their strengths.

  5. ticats should sign shaq johnson. (mike jones didn’t pan out).
    wait a year, then take anthony thompson.

  6. E. Einstein IV // November 15, 2017 at 4:19 am //

    If I was David Braley I would be nudging Wally to announce his retirement early in the new year. It’s hard to see Buono that way on the sideline. Wallys on going facial tic is just a sign of some serious nervous condition he is dealing with. There is nothing left to prove Wally. Look after yourself.
    Dave Bradley could push for ex EE GM Ed Hervey to be hired. Just making sure that Ed knows his place in the Peking order.
    I see only good things for BC after a move like that.

    • Einstein hit it on the head. Changes start at the TOP of the organization and filter down from there. A lot of good people out there in the CFL or soputh of the border who would be very good GMs or HCs.

  7. oceanvista // November 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

    No way Braley’s telling Wally to step down. He has given him a lifetime contract. The only way Wally leaves is if he goes on his own volition (steps down). Hard to see him walk away from the club on a 2-9 run to end a dreadful season. But this club needs a fresh direction, fresh set of eyes, and fresh blood from the top on down!

  8. Wally will undoubtedly be back

  9. Clay Connor // November 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm //

    After his last game against the Argos, I don’t think there is any way the Lions bring back T J Lee.

    • You’re kidding, right? TJ Lee and Ronnie Yell are going to be Lions for a long time. Geez, just because a guy has one bad game…

  10. Edward Leslie // November 17, 2017 at 5:56 am //

    The new G.M. will blow things up really good. It will be a scorched Earth policy. Solomon Elimimian and Jeremiah Johnson are probably the only safe players.

  11. watching wally balls on the sidelines or in the middle of the play on the field makes me sick to my stomach,enough of wally already PLEASE RETIRE and get somebody new.

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