Exactly one year to the day, June 14, 2015, Chris Rainey was cut from Montreal.
The 28-year-old was out of the CFL until August when B.C. inked the running back/return man to a deal for the rest of the 2015 season. Rainey quickly became the Lions’ primary returner, rolling up 1,482 total return yards while taking two back for touchdowns in nine games. He led the league with a 28.2-yard kick return average and finished second with 12.5-yards per punt return.
That play-making ability was displayed on offence too. On 14 offensive touches, Rainey put up 119 yards with a dazzling 33-yard catch-and-run touchdown the most noteworthy. The Florida product averaged a CFL-best 165 combined yards per game last season.
All of that production earned the dynamic game-changer a two-year deal in the range of $145,000 per season from B.C.
At the same time of year in 2015, Rainey was given a pink slip. Now he’s seen as one of the most explosive return men in the league.