Shock and Awe: Lions bring back linebacker

Micah Awe began to repay the B.C. Lions Monday when he agreed on a contract to rejoin the CFL team. What remains to be seen is if he can help the 3-5 team get out of its funk.

The 24-year-old linebacker agreed to terms on a deal to replace the one he got out of earlier this season, a deal that enabled him to attend a mini-camp with the NFL’s New York Jets but one that also resulted in the Lions being fined by the CFL.

Awe’s initial contract with the Lions was through the 2019 season. But the Lions allowed him to leave as a good faith gesture because a former member of the organization, believed to be ex-U.S. scouting director Ryan Rigmaiden, gave him a verbal assurance he could try the NFL if he had an opportunity.

The situation was among the reasons why the league fined the Lions but also amended its policy to allow teams to sign first contracts with import free agents that do not include an option year, a provision which ironically went into effect Monday.

Awe had a solid rookie season with the Lions 2017 both on defence and special teams, with 54 defensive tackles in nine games as a starter. But the Lions lost both him and took a pass on fellow import linebacker Adam Bighill when he became available during training camp.

B.C. has rotated Canadian Bo Lokombo and American Dyshawn Davis at the weak-side linebacker spot. The Lions have also been operating with second-year non-import Jordan Herdman in the middle as they try to cope with the wrist injury suffered by Solomon Elimimian that could keep the all-star out several more weeks.

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