Canadian kicker Paul McCallum to sign with Lions

Veteran Canadian kicker Paul McCallum is set to sign with the B.C. Lions, per CFL sources.

The 46-year-old inked a one-day contract back on March 7 to retire as a member of the Leos, but he’s coming out of retirement to join B.C.

Current Lions kicker and punter, Richie Leone has struggled of late place-kicking going 0-for-2 in field goals and missing two convert tries in Week 19. On the season Leone is 35-for-51 a 68.6 percent conversion rate which ranks ninth in the CFL and well below the league’s 82.2 percent average. And on converts, Leone has gone 25-for-30 (83 percent) which is the second-worst conversion rate in the CFL this season. That said, Leone does lead the CFL in both gross (49.3 yards) and net punting (37.0).

McCallum most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last season, making 29-of-36 field goals (80 percent) in 14 games. He was 21-of-25 from inside the 40-yard line and 8-for-11 beyond 40 yards. McCallum hit 18-of-21 converts (85.7 percent) in 2015, the first-year of 32-yard point after touchdown kicks. The Vancouver native has played 24 seasons in the CFL with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Lions and Riders. He’s second on the CFL’s all-time career field goal list with 717 and holds the record for longest field goal in CFL history at 62 yards in 2001 at Taylor Field.

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