EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Eskimos have aquired QB Mike Reilly from the BC Lions.
As part of the deal, the clubs have swapped second round selections in this year’s Canadian Draft with Edmonton shipping their second round selection in the 2014 Canadian Draft as well.
“Mike has the chance to be an elite quarterback in this league,” said Esks GM Ed Hervey. “This is a step toward stabilizing our quarterback position.”
Reilly, who under the terms of his contract would have been eligible for free agency in February, has signed an extension with the Green and Gold. As club policy, the terms of the contract are not disclosed.
His first start saw him earn a 39-19 win over the Esks, while his second saw him drop a 41-21 decision to the Stampeders.
It comes as little surprise that the Lions were willing to part with their former backup QB, as GM Wally Buono hinted that Reilly was likely going to enter the free agent market.
The move comes 10 days after the Esks released veteran QB Steven Jyles. Following the release of Jyles, Esks GM Ed Hervey suggested that he was in the market for a new starting pivot that he hopes can lead the franchise for years to come.
“We have an opportunity to find a new quarterback and we wanted to establish room on the roster for that individual,” he said.
“We’re excited about the young group of quarterbacks that we could potentially bring in here, but we also understand that elite quarterbacks don’t just fall out of trees,” he added.
More to come...