The Jacksonville Jaguars worked out quarterback Mike Reilly on Friday, per NFL sources.
Scott Milanovich, the former Toronto Argonauts’ Grey Cup-winning head coach and the 2012 CFL coach of the year, joined the Jags as quarterbacks coach in January 2017 and was elevated to offensive coordinator in November.
Reilly has thrown for over 5,000 yards in three straight CFL seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. The 33-year-old threw for a career-high 5,830 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2017, earning the CFL most outstanding player award.
Back in 2015, Reilly led the Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship and earned CFL title game MVP honours. Reilly was originally acquired by the Eskimos in January 2013 when then-general manager Ed Hervey sent two second-round draft picks (2013 and 2014) to B.C. for the QB and the Lions’ second-round selection in 2013.
Reilly apprenticed behind Travis Lulay in B.C. for three seasons, part of the Lions Grey Cup-winning squad in 2011.
Reilly has had NFL opportunities in the past. After passing for over 12,000 yards and 118 touchdowns against 40 interceptions as Central Washington University, Reilly went unselected in the 2009 NFL draft, but inked an undrafted free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in three pre-season games completing 10-of-15 passes for 117 yards while rushing six times for 23 yards, but the black and gold waived him at the end of training camp.
The Green Bay Packers added Reilly to their practice squad in November that year where he spent less than a month until the St. Louis Rams signed him to their active roster. The Rams waived Reilly in May 2010. The Seattle Seahawks claimed Reilly from waivers but released the QB after just two weeks. That July, the Lions brought Reilly to B.C.
Since entering the CFL, Reilly has risen to be among the elite quarterbacks in the league. The pending free agent was the highest paid player in 2018, making over $500,000 and if he hits the open market would command a hefty pay raise. Interest from franchises south of the border only drives up the price tag.
Despite his age, Reilly still has some NFL appeal.