Bryan Burnham headlines B.C. Lions free agent list

Photo courtesy: Paul Yates/B.C. Lions

The B.C. Lions were eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday following a 28-20 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Final.

Though it might have ended in a disappointing fashion, this season was a huge step in the right direction for B.C. on and off the field. Attendance improved under new owner Amar Doman, while the team earned its first postseason berth since 2018 and won its first postseason game since 2016.

Below is every player who is currently slated to reach free agency for the Lions in February 2023. A source indicated that some of the players listed below have already agreed to terms on contract extensions, though these have yet to be formally announced.

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

Quarterback

Michael O’Connor (N)
Antonio Pipkin (A)

Running back

James Butler (A)

Fullback

David Mackie (N)
Mario Villamizar (N)

Receiver

Bryan Burnham (A)
Shai Ross (N)
Jacob Scarfone (N)

Offensive line

Jarell Broxton (A)
Sukh Chungh (N)
Joel Figueroa (A)
Peter Godber (N)
David Knevel (N)
Andrew Peirson (N)

Defensive line

Josh Banks (A)
Obum Gwacham (A)
David Menard (N)

Linebacker

Boseko Lokombo (N)

Defensive back

Delvin Breaux (A)
Isaiah Guzylak-Messam (N)
Hakeem Johnson (N)
T.J. Lee (A)
Garry Peters (A)

Kicker

Sean Whyte (N)

Long snapper

Tanner Doll (N)

A number of players finished the season on the practice roster, including American running back Bruce Anderson, American receiver T.J. Rahming, American receiver Jamarius Way, Canadian offensive lineman Tyler Packer, American offensive lineman Tristen Taylor, Canadian defensive lineman Riley Pickett, American defensive back Tyneil Cooper, Canadian defensive back Jacob Firlotte, and American defensive back Quincy Mauger. As such, they are currently free agents.

Editor’s note: Kent Perkins was originally listed as a free agent here, though he is under contract with B.C. through 2024.

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