Saskie native, Lions pick Brett Boyko released by Chargers

Saskatoon product and B.C. Lions draft pick Brett Boyko has been waived by the San Diego Chargers after receiving an injury settlement.

The 25-year-old Boyko, a 6-foot-7 offensive lineman, has spent most of the past three years on the practice squad, first with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, then with the Chargers the last two seasons. He played in one regular season contest in 2017.

A top-rated CFL prospect after playing his college ball at UNLV, Boyko fell to the Lions in the third round over the (apparently very real) concerns surrounding his NFL prospects.

Boyko played – wait for it – quarterback in high school and almost came to the CFL in 2016 after he was released by the Chargers.

“It’s a tough deal,” Boyko told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix at the time. “NFL or CFL? What is the right place for me? I don’t know the right answer to that yet. I’m in the same boat as a lot of American players, hoping to get an opportunity later in the (NFL) season. They don’t have the CFL option. Fortunately, I have. There is some interest (on his part) in just waiting for injuries — or something to happen that would open a door for me down south. That’s my agent’s main focus right now.”

Be interesting to see what he decides this time around.

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