B.C. Lions lose receiver to Bombers
Wide receiver Nick Moore has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
The B.C. Lions' loss is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' gain. In fact, the Lions were on the losing end of most of their offers as CFL free agency kicked off Tuesday.
Despite having one of the shortest free agent lists in the CFL, B.C. couldn't hang on to wide receiver Nick Moore, who opted to sign with the Bombers. The 27-year-old Westerville, Ohio native leaves a void in the team’s receiving core, after leading the Leos with 73 catches for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. He was also third overall in receiving last season.
"We made Nick a very good offer but free agency drives up prices," said Lions general manager Wally Buono. "Some teams are in different situations."
Also gone is offensive lineman Steve Myddelton, who signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Lions also reportedly made offers to offensive tackle Josh Bourke (re-signed with Montreal), defensive back Craig Butler (signed with Hamilton), linebacker Shea Emry (signed with Toronto), and offensive lineman Wayne Smith (undecided yet). The biggest name on B.C. still needing a contract is defensive end Keron Williams, while the team has also sent a contract proposal to defensive back Josh Bell.