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Lions trade QB, re-sign WR

Written on January 31, 2013 at 17:14, by HTTN

More on B.C. moves Mike Reilly, signs Shawn Gore

-by Chris Vales

The latest casualty of Wally Buono’s wheeling and dealing is backup quarterback Mike Reilly, who will be heading to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Reilly was traded to Edmonton in exchange for a second round pick in the 2014 draft. The Eskimos obviously share his belief that he can be a number one quarterback.

It’s rumoured the Blue Bombers were also interested , but they couldn’t promise him the starting job or the money.

Is it a good move for the Lions?

Reilly got the job done when Travis Lulay was injured, but backup quarterbacks come and go and Buono has always managed to find more. He was going to be eligible for free agency in February, so not only did Wally get a draft pick instead of nothing, he has also given Reilly the opportunity he wanted.

As for the Lions’ QB situation, look for Thomas DeMarco take over the backup role unless Jarrett Brown impresses at training camp.

The Lions also re-signed wide receiver Shawn Gore. Gore led the Lions in receiving yards this season and his role will increase with the departure of Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce III.

  • http://twitter.com/djrusty1 BC Lions Loudest Fan

    Wally had no choice Reilly was gonna be a free agent in a few weeks & was only interested in a starters role so there was no chance he was coming back so we get to swap 2nd rd picks w/ Edmonton this year & get their 2nd pick next year all for a player that was definitely not coming back sounds like a win/win to me

  • Chris Vales

    I totally agree with you. Wally Buono knows how to get the job done, even if people don’t like the moves he makes.