B.C. Lions sign speedy return man Chris Rainey

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The B.C. Lions have signed running back and returner Chris Rainey to a contract, according to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.

Rainey spent 2019 with the Toronto Argonauts where his 1,196 kickoff return yards ranked second in the entire league while he added 16 punt returns for 596 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown during a loss to the Leos on July 6 at BMO Field.

In his first stint in orange and black, the native of Lakeland, Florida became the team’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards (5,229) and also led the CFL in that category in both 2016 and 2017.

Rainey also returned 260 punts for 2,908 yards, second all-time to Larry Crawford in franchise history, and four touchdowns while racking up another 1,852 yards and 12 touchdowns from scrimmage.

A fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, Rainey suited up in 16 games over two seasons with the organization before spending time with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals.

Rainey enjoyed a productive NCAA career with the University of Florida Gators and helped the program win both the 2008 SEC Championship and 2009 BCS National Championship. In 52 games for the Gators, Chris recorded 3,713 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns.