Canadian receiver Shaq Johnson has signed a one-year deal with the B.C. Lions, per sources.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders were making a push to get Johnson, but the team on the west coast won out.
Johnson returns to the franchise where he spent the first three seasons of his CFL career. He was selected in the fourth round, 32nd overall during the 2016 CFL draft by the Lions and has made 58 catches for 857 yards and five touchdowns in 36 games.
The 25-year-old Brampton native is an athletic freak burning a 4.39 40-yard time at the combine with an 11-foot broad jump and 34.5-inch vertical.
Johnson had his best season in 2017 grabbing 30 balls for 521 yards and two touchdowns to earn the Lions’ Most Outstanding Canadian nomination. He had a 17.2-yards per catch average with six going for 30 or more.
Johnson is a rising Canadian talent with proven starting ability. B.C. adds another playmaker for franchise quarterback Mike Reilly.