The B.C. Lions have signed Canadian receiver Rashaun Simonise, per sources.

That comes one day after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers released Simonise.

The 24-year-old was born in Vancouver. Simonise was selected in the second round, 12th overall during the 2018 CFL draft. He was the only player in that draft who had been to an NFL training camp.

Simonise broke out at the Canadian University level in 2015 with the University of Calgary, grabbing 51 balls for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns and for those efforts he was named a first-team All-Canadian.

That production and the freakish combo of size, speed and athleticism earned Simonise an NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. During training camp with the Bengals in 2016 he made two catches for 64 yards in the pre-season.

The 24-year-old made four catches for 122 yards while dressing all 18 games for the Bombers in his rookie CFL season last year.

Simonise is a physical specimen wrapped in an enigma. The Lions want to try and bring out his full potential.


Justin Dunk is a CFL insider, sports reporter and news anchor.