Lucky Whitehead headlines the B.C. Lions’ potential free agent list

Photo courtesy: Darryl Dyck/CFL

The B.C. Lions had a disappointing year in 2021, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season with a 5-9 record.

The club has several top-tier players set to become free agents, including breakout star receiver and return specialist Lucky Whitehead. Quarterback Michael Reilly remains under contract for 2022, though his age (37 in January) and paygrade have cast some doubt on his future with the team.

Please note that “N” denotes nationals (ie. Canadians), “A” denotes Americans, and “G” denotes Globals.

Quarterback

None

Running Back

Jamel Lyles (N)
David Mackie (N)
Chris Rainey (A)
Mario Villamizar (N)

Receiver

Bryan Burnham (A)
Jevon Cottoy (N)
Shaquille Johnson (N)
DeVier Posey (A)
Dominique Rhymes (A)
Jacob Scarfone (N)
Lucky Whitehead (A)

Photo courtesy: Paul Yates/B.C. Lions

Offensive Line

Sukh Chungh (N)
Joel Figueroa (A)
Peter Godber (N)
David Knevel (N)
Ryker Mathews (A)
Phillip Norman (A)
Andrew Peirson (N)
Hunter Steward (N)

Defensive Line

Alex Bazzie (A)
J.R. Tavai (A)

Linebacker

Isaiah Guzylak-Messam (N)
Adam Konar (N)

Photo courtesy: Paul Yates/B.C. Lions

Defensive Back

Anthony Cioffi (A)
Jamie Harry (N)
Hakeem Johnson (N)
T.J. Lee (A)
Garry Peters (A)
O’Shane Samuels (N)
Anthony Thompson (N)

Kicker

Stefan Flintoft (A)

Long snapper

Tanner Doll (N)

Some notable names finished the season on the practice roster, which means they are currently free agents. These players include punter Jake Ford, placekicker Jimmy Camacho, offensive lineman Matt Guevremont, and local receiver Marcus Davis.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.