SURREY – Last Sunday was cut down day across the Canadian Football League and more often than not, it is a time when teams tend to make cuts that seem somewhat surprising to fans and not so shocking to those behind closed doors at the football operations facilities around the country.
The transactions usually contain the release of one or two older, more expensive veterans in the interest of bringing on a cheaper but less experienced young talent that may or may not work out as well as their now free agent predecessor.
A common approach that the BC Lions are steering clear of, especially in the secondary and it is difficult to fault them.
The Lions have stockpiled a starting defensive secondary that already featured CB Dante Marsh, DB Korey Banks and DB Ryan Phillips and now lays claim to Toronto castoff Byron Parker.
All five have been division All-Stars, all five have years of experience under their belts and all five, should they continue to play at the level they have proved capable of in the past, could develop into one of the most star-studded and productive secondary corps in recent memory.
The newest addition to the secondary is Byron Parker who has spent the majority of his career with Toronto before signing with the Lions as a free agent last winter.
Heading into his eighth season in the CFL, Parker feels this is one of if not the deepest group of defensive backs he has ever been a part of.
“As far as veteran experience goes, yes this is it”, Parker told CFL.ca. “But those 2005, ’06 and ’07 defences in Toronto were pretty deep too.We have a lot of experience back there and a lot of playmakers and we probably have the best DB back there in Korey Banks so it’s definitely going to make this season a whole lot of fun”.
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