Lions quietly signed extension with GM Ed Hervey prior to 2019 season

B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey quietly signed a two-year contract extension prior to the 2019 CFL season, per sources.

The 46-year-old hired DeVone Claybrooks as head coach last December. Hervey’s deal was designed to align with Claybrooks as both men have pacts that run through the 2021 season.

Hervey inked franchise quarterback Mike Reilly to a lucrative four-year agreement worth $2.9 million during free agency in February, but that didn’t translate into wins. B.C.’s first season without Wally Buono since 2003 saw the team miss the playoffs at 5-13.

Hervey was out of football for the 2017 season after being let go by Edmonton in a surprising move. He had discussions with a few CFL teams and eventually joined the Lions.

The Eskimos went 4-14 in the first season with Hervey as general manager but he turned the team around, going 36-18 from 2014-2016. Edmonton made it to the divisional final each of those seasons and won a Grey Cup in 2015 with Reilly leading the way at QB.

Hervey spent his entire eight-year CFL playing career (1999-2006) with the Eskimos winning two Grey Cups in 2003 and 2005. He recorded 476 catches for 6,715 yards and 43 touchdowns in 118 games. Then he became a scout for Edmonton and ascended to the general manager position.

Claybrooks orchestrated the stingiest defence in the CFL during the 2018 season, a key part of the Stampeders’ championship team. However, B.C. allowed the most points in the West Division in 2019 (452). His first season as a bench boss will provide lots of new experiences from which to learn and improve.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.