Lions general manager Ed Hervey has been in touch with Canadian offensive lineman Brett Boyko.
“Yes, we have reached out to his agent and we have made it clear that we are interested in him if he should decide to come up. Because of the nature of the injury and the settlement, they’re going to have to deal with that, I think he’ll take a little more time, honestly, if he’s banged up, but we’re definitely interested and we feel that he can add to our depth of our roster,” Hervey said on TSN radio in Vancouver.
Boyko was waived by the San Diego Chargers after receiving an injury settlement at the end of training camp. The Lions selected Boyko in the third round of the 2015 CFL Draft.
“If he would come up whether it be now, a week or two from now or a month from now, we feel that when he does join our football team, he makes us a better football team,” Hervey said.
The 26-year-old has spent most of the past three years on NFL practice squads, first with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, then with the Chargers the last two seasons, playing in one regular-season contest in 2017.
“All indications point that he still wants to play and still has the desire to play and the passion about football. When you’re aspiring to play in the NFL whether it’s not working out for one reason or another, I’m sure that can be disappointing to a player, but we have a great game up here, a game that he’s familiar with and would be welcomed to if he came and I think he would have a great career up here,” Hervey said.
“We hold his rights and if he wants to play football for a long time and just play in a great league, I think that he would choose us and come up and enjoy playing. Because, ultimately, that’s what he wants to do, he wants to play, he wants to be in the game. Chasing a roster spot versus playing and contributing goes a long way after a few years of unsuccessful attempts in the NFL.”