According to 3DownNation’s Lowell Ullrich, the B.C. Lions have been fined for releasing Micah Awe from his contract to pursue NFL opportunities.
On BC stop of x-country tour Thurs. #Cfl commissioner Randy Ambrosie confirmed #BCLions fined last wk for verbally agreeing to option year in contract of LB Micah Awe. Amount not disclosed nor announced, but Lions docked $2.5k for similar scenario re; Adam Bighill last year.
— Lowell Ullrich (@FifthQtr) February 8, 2018
Awe was released by the Lions on Jan. 31 despite the fact he had a year remaining on his contract with the Lions. He subsequently signed with the New York Jets.
The 24-year-old played in 18 games making 54 tackles, 16 special teams tackles and one forced fumble last year.
The Lions were fined last April after releasing linebacker Adam Bighill from his contract so the veteran could sign with the New Orleans Saints. He re-signed with the NFL club in January.
The issue of an NFL-window has been a hot-button topic in CFL circles of late with players claiming teams are not honouring side-deals (and the CFLPA is investigating those claims), while Ambrosie is insisting players honour their contracts and teams follow the rules.