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2012 Highlights: Mike Reilly

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.

“I was approached by Edmonton GM Ed Hervey seeking permission to talk to Mike before the free agency period began and in light of Mike’s desire to explore opportunities to become a starting quarterback, I believed a trade was doable,” said Lions VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono. “We thank Mike for his time with the Lions and he will be missed.”

Reilly, 28, arrives in Edmonton looking to take over the starting job under centre. The Central Washington product started two games for the Lions in 2012, completing 53 of 77 passes for 694 yards and four touchdowns.

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...

Fan Comments
It's still gotta hurt Esks fans knowing they simply gave a .500 team (Argos)the Grey Cup on a silver platter with the Ricky Ray trade.
February 04, 2013 - 7:17pm
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hate to admit it but hervey as GM in a very short time appears to have made some tremendous strides for the eskimos!! reilly's signing really kills McPherson's chances of becoming a starting QB this year!!
January 31, 2013 - 6:06pm
Actually I'm not too surprised that Reilly landed in Edmonton where he has an excellent chance to become their starter this season.
January 31, 2013 - 4:53pm
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yeah right by a trade!! LOL LOL LOL
February 01, 2013 - 9:38am
No suprise. Wally wasn't going to resign him so it was either edmonton or the peg.
January 31, 2013 - 4:16pm
The esks just got a whole lot better
January 31, 2013 - 3:42pm
Good for the Esks although the obvious question is why didn't they wait until free agency on Feb 15th so they wouldn't have had to swap or give up draft picks!
January 31, 2013 - 2:32pm
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because waiting was not a sure bet they would get him in a bidding war say with winnipeg!! the earlier they could get him the better!!
February 01, 2013 - 9:35am