BEFORE CHRIST. Lions quarterback Mike Reilly attends a press conference Tuesday in Surrey after signing a four-year contract with the CFL team.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

Mike Reilly is not Mormon, but he has two women.

There is Emily, the mother of her two daughters, then Travis Lulay – his "football woman".

He used both to focus on his future debate over the past month, culminating in the signing of a $ 4.9 million four-year contract with British Columbia . Lions on Tuesday, and that could have caused "domestic" problems to his last wife.

Signing into British Columbia, he slammed the door for Lulay to return to Leos as a starting quarterback, but that is Lulay who was also encouraging Reilly to make this move during their daily phone calls last month.

Their well-documented friendship began in British Columbia. when Reilly was a replacement at Lulay before finding his own success as a starter in Edmonton.

"He's one of my best friends, if not my best friend," said Reilly, 34. "I owe a lot to Travis. He was the first example I had to watch as a professional CFL quarterback. I regarded him as a quarterback and my role was to support him and ensure that he plays to the best of his abilities.

"I can not speak for Travis. I do not know what his future is and what his plans and hopes are – it's an issue that concerns him – but I can say what support I gave him in British Columbia. before was reciprocal in terms of this decision. He just told me about the great opportunity to play in British Columbia.

"He's going to do great things, whether as a football player, as a coach, as an analyst, or somehow totally removed from football, and what I know is that He has a lot of passion for this franchise and he wants to do better. "

The dear disappeared

With Reilly's signature firework display at the start of the free agency dazzling a fan base, some longtime Lions quietly escaped as the media pyrotechnics faded.

Quarterback Jonathon Jennings on Wednesday signed a one – year contract with the Ottawa Redblacks, a move that seemed inevitable after his tough years in British Columbia.

He would have apparently sought a base salary, and his contract with the Redblacks would be around $ 250,000, with performance incentives that could bring him to about $ 400,000, according to sources in Ottawa.

Jennings will be competing for the starting position with Dominique Davis after Trevor Harris defeated Ottawa against the Edmonton Eskimos on the loose. Jennings' best year came in 2016, after being ranked behind Reilly and Bo Levi Mitchell, another big winner on Tuesday, who signed a $ 4.8 million four-year deal to stay in Calgary , totaling 5,226 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also pitched 15 interceptions during the same season, a sign of his upcoming difficulties, since he has launched 51 career choices in 51 games.

Midfielder Chris Rainey, who fell out of favor last season, also took the lead.

Rainey, 30, a star of the West Special Teams in 2018, is now a member of the Toronto Argonauts. He led the league in rushing yards (1,369), touchdown return kicks (two) and third in punt return (942).

He will be joined in Toronto by Shawn Lemon, who made 11 sacks on the formidable defensive line of BC last season.

Veteran Ricky Collins (60 receptions, 611 yards, two touchdowns) will head to Edmonton, along with defensive back Anthony Orange, who started the 18 games for the Lions last season and recorded 54 tackles and five career steals. .

Receiver Cory Watson brings his 6-3, 211-pounder to Saskatchewan, looking to improve his 406 yards and three touchdowns with BC. in 2018. Special teams A Dyshawn Davis, a linebacker 6-2 and 230 pounds, will also join the Green Machine after a season that placed him fourth in the league with 22 tackles special teams.

And Montreal, after attracting Boseko Lokombo at the opening day of the independent agency, also took the grave threat, DeVier Posey, a native of British Columbia, signing the unique two-year contract of the NFL.

Defensive back Winston Rose was the last to leave, signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wednesday night.

Familiar faces

General Manager Ed Hervey is not sure he has taken the pulse of what Lions fans want. But that sounds like him.

He made the biggest freestyle freelance signing at Reilly, and then landed Winnipeg offensive guard Sukh Chungh, the most coveted line player on the open market.

But Chungh's signature is remarkable for two other reasons: it's a long-term project (three years) and he's a local product, he grew up in Port Coquitlam and graduated Terry Fox.

Hervey also recruited Lemar Durant, a Vancouver native and graduate of Simon Fraser University, and linebacker Terrell Davis, a graduate of the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.

These are clever moves that help the team in the field, but also help reinvigorate a fan base thirsty for something to say.

Old, feel

Reilly plans to finish his career in British Columbia, and that's not what he plans to do before turning 40.

"By signing a contract to leave Edmonton, it's my commitment to me and to him (Hervey) to finish my career here. I signed contracts with two people from this league: Wally Buono, who gave me a contract for the beginner – thank you Wally, I love you! "And Ed Hervey," he chuckled.

"I plan to keep it that way. It's something I do not plan to change. I look at this as the first of many (contracts). When I spoke to Ed, that's what I said. I do not intend to finish until 40 years old. I think if we look at the other quarters that have been in this league and played at the highest level possible, I do not think that's exaggerated.

"It does not just happen either. In the last six years I have learned to play a slightly different style of football. Aging, not getting older, but getting older, he said with a smile. You understand how important it is to be long-term for your team and not just one piece.

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