B.C. Lions sign former Florida OL Jean Delance after UFL spitting incident

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The B.C. Lions have added American offensive lineman Jean Delance to their training camp roster after he was released by the UFL’s D.C. Defenders earlier this week.

The six-foot-five, 357-pound blocker suited up for the Defenders’ first game of the season last Sunday against the San Antonio Brahmas but was ejected during the fourth quarter after it was found that he spat on an opponent. Delance was also found to have false started on the play, which came on first-and-goal with his team trailing by a touchdown. The drive would eventually end in a Jordan Ta’amu interception as D.C. lost the game.

The Georgia native was charged with four total penalties in the contest, including the ejection. Two of those infractions erased touchdown plays, leading to his release on Thursday.

Prior to his time in spring football, Delance bounced around the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He had stints with the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers but did not dress for a regular season game.

Delance began his college career at the University of Texas before transferring for five seasons at the University of Florida from 2017 to 2021, appearing in 41 games and starting 37 at right tackle. He helped Heisman Trophy finalist Kyle Trask lead the nation in passing yards per game in 2020, before earning an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl as a senior in 2021.

The Lions will open their 2024 regular season on Sunday, June 9 when they visit the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field.