Lions re-sign ace returner Chris Rainey as CFL free agency kicks off

 

 
 
 
 
Chris Rainey will be back with the B.C. Lions in 2016.
 

Chris Rainey will be back with the B.C. Lions in 2016.

Photograph by: Jason Payne, PNG

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VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions went into Canadian Football League free agency today, having secured two more pending FA’s before the 9 a.m. deadline.

Returner Chris Rainey, who joined the club midway through the 2015 season, is the latest signing announced by the club, following the announcement of a two-year deal for quarterback Travis Lulay on Monday. Rainey's contract is also for two years.

"Chris brings a skill set that makes our return game very dynamic and dangerous," GM Wally Buono said in a statement. "We will also look to giving him some work at running back this season."

Buono confirmed last week that the Lions and Andrew Harris, the team's feature back for the past six seasons, were unable to come to an agreement and the club will concentrate on the recruitment of import backs. Harris, a non-import, will enter free agency as one of the premier players available.

Linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis is also among a handful of Lions who will enter free agency without an agreement.

"I won't be in B.C. this season," Hoffman-Ellis confirmed via Twitter. "But someone's gonna bet a baller. And I'll embrace wherever I go."

Besides Harris and Hoffman-Ellis, the list of non-signed Lions' FA’s includes defensive end Khreem Smith, linebacker Rennie Curran, receiver Courtney Taylor, running back Pascal Lochard and offensive lineman Matt Norman.

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Chris Rainey will be back with the B.C. Lions in 2016.
 

Chris Rainey will be back with the B.C. Lions in 2016.

Photograph by: Jason Payne, PNG

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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