Lions bring back Canadian LB Bo Lokombo

Canadian linebacker Boseko Lokombo has re-signed with the B.C. Lions for one year.

He had been waived by the San Francisco 49ers last week.

Lokombo spent the final month of the 2018 season on the 49ers practice roster and signed a reserve/futures contract afterwards.

Lokombo attended training camp with the Ravens in 2017 after spending three seasons in B.C. with the Lions. He made four tackles and defended one pass in four pre-season games with Baltimore, but got released late that September. Oakland quickly picked him up and after spending time on the Raiders practice roster he was released on October 10. There was a workout with the New England Patriots on October 12 but nothing came of it.

In 2016, Lokombo made nine tackles on defence and 11 on special teams for the Lions. He was B.C.’s third-round pick, 21st overall in the 2013 CFL draft.
“Getting Bo back at this stage in our planning is a great addition to our roster,” said general manager Ed Hervey in a statement.
“He’s versatile, athletic and gives us some very valuable roster flexibility.”

15 Comments on Lions bring back Canadian LB Bo Lokombo

  1. BC Dave // May 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm //

    Helps with the outside linebacker spot but I’d prefer to have Michael Awe back and also Dexter McCoil. Not sure if cap allows both. I do know Hervey was in contact with both of their agents. My guess was if we did not fill that hole, Herdman was going to get a sot there.

    • Area51 // May 8, 2018 at 1:09 am //

      Jordo Herdman is way too hopelessly slowfooted to take reps at LB. And of all places, at OLB? You can’t be serious with that comment. Might as well put a DT there instead – – they’d be quicker than Herdman is.

      • riderontheisland // May 8, 2018 at 11:35 am //

        51 beers, you are at it again. I’ve got the data from here that says something very different about Herdman’s speed.
        “Packs some power in his compact frame and plays with good lateral quickness and quick feet”.
        But I’m sure your comment is correct.hahaha

        • MJ Bandit // May 8, 2018 at 10:52 pm //


          Herdman somehow managed to be 2nd on the Lions in ST tackles last season – how did a slowfoot like that manage to even make it down field; or set tackle records in college ball and win Conference D player of year twice, plus get invited to play in the Senior Bowl?

          Let me guess – Jimmy Johnson told Agenda 51 here that the guy is just too slow (obvious by his 40 time) – while they were playing Madden football together in 51’s mom’s basement, with posters of Cam Wake, Gronk & Tom Brady featured prominently on the walls ?

          What a clueless putz – getting to run his agenda schtick here over & over again – only internet football forum that will put up with this “expert” and not ban him for pompous clown comments ???

        • Area51 // May 9, 2018 at 1:14 am //

          As always I call it as I see it, my friend.

          Jordo Herdman ran a 4.97 40 during his pro day. And then to prove his slowfooted showing was no fluke, he ran a 5.16 40 at the CFL combine. For a LB?

          WTF, was the guy running backwards? That’s the only explanation for such a horrific embarrassment.

          Why do you suppose he wasn’t drafted until the 7th round? Because he’s so slow!

          Jason Arakgi was consistently among the league leaders in ST tackles throughout his career. But Arakgi couldn’t play LB worth a squirt. Like Herdman, he just wasn’t athletic enough. And that’s saying a lot, considering BC had the comically bad Javy Glatt starting at LB for a few seasons before he quickly washed out of the league.

          Herdman is a serviceable ST player, and there’s nothing wrong with that. He’ll bumble his way downfield on coverage and find his way into one or two tackles a game. Teams will always need NIs who can contribute like that. Just don’t expect him to play LB, because he’s not capable of doing so.

  2. Awe and McCoil will run the NFL string as far as possible. Then they will most likely take the best offer they can get from ANY CFL team. McCoil was a real gamer for the Eskimos if I recall correctly.

  3. BC Dave // May 7, 2018 at 11:07 pm //

    Well Awe, after he was released, was waived through the NFL so wondering how much interest there really is.

    As far as McCoil goes, I just heard he was released by the 49ers but no idea if any other interest. My buddies who are esk fans say he was better than Otha Foster and it would be a steal if we got him for that hybrid linebacker spot vacated by the departure of Purifoy and Chandler Fenner.

    • Awe has great field vision. Although he’s been guilty of “head hunting” I feel he cleaned his game up near the end of the season. He would certainly be an integral part of your D…..Dave

    • greenenvy? // May 8, 2018 at 12:32 am //

      Hervey will be interested for sure but Lions not in bad shape with Elimimian, Foster & Lokombo. Esks another possibility but my guess is they aren’t leaning that way though you never know. They’ll go with Sherrit in the middle & Jones was decent in backup role. Konar has WIL locked up. I think Jones would make the best offer as he needs him more than either of the other 2 clubs. McCoil was very good when he was last here.

    • Wet Coast // May 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm //

      McCoil’s release by the 49’s was medical in nature (hurt his foot while training). Not sure how long he’s out, but will likely impact him exploring other NFL options before looking north.

      He is an exceptional WIL, and with the Esks going Canadian at the position, it would possibly mean that BC would be strongly in the mix unless they are still holding out hope of Biggie returning. It’s not really a comparison to Otha Foster, who played SAM and was also great for Edmonton in the 2015 season.

      I don’t know that the pull from Chris Jones would be that strong, given the departure of his positional coach (Lolley) from that staff, but also the experience of guys like Foster that followed him. With the exception of Willie Jefferson, and to a degree, Eddie Steele, there are few ex-Eskimo players that followed Jones and are still there.

  4. TouchDownBC // May 8, 2018 at 12:36 am //

    The issue how well he will be used in base defense soft zone…scheme is an issue on Defense in BC

  5. Area51 // May 8, 2018 at 1:03 am //

    Serviceable ST player, but absolutely invisible when he tries to play LB.

  6. Rick Cowan // May 8, 2018 at 5:00 am //

    I think you will see the Rider’s go after Mccoil he has played for Jone’s when he was in Edmonton he would really help the Rider’s

  7. Edward Leslie // May 9, 2018 at 11:24 am //

    Bo Lokombo is welcome back in the CFL. He’s a talented linebacker who could emerge as an impact player, especially as a potential ratio buster for B.C..
    Former Eskimo Dexter McCoil would also be a welcome addition to any team in the CFL too.
    However I hope that former Lions Linebacker, Micah Awe continues to “explore NFL options” and after exhausting those options (if there are any), he explore Allied American Football League or XFL or Arena Football options instead of coming back to Canada.
    The CFL doesn’t need headhunters like him endangering the well being and livelihoods of it’s players.

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