Friday, February 10, 2017
The BC Lions Football Club today announced that it has parted ways with international defensive back Ryan Phillips.
“After a number of conversations with Ryan this off-season regarding his role in our defence, we have mutually decided at this time that the best path for both parties is to grant him free agent status,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono.
“I have tremendous respect for Ryan and everything he has contributed to our organization during the past 12 years. Decisions like this are never easy and are made after careful consideration. Our organization is extremely grateful for his service to the club both on and off the field and we wish him the very best.”
Phillips departs the Lions after 12 seasons, 212 regular season appearances and two Grey Cup championships (2006, 2011).
REDBLACKS receiver Greg Ellingson has signed a contract extension that will keep him in the Nation’s Capital for the next two seasons, the club announced Friday.
The signing ensures that another key piece of the REDBLACKS Grey Cup-winning offence will be back in the fold as they look to defend their title in a year in which Ottawa will play host to the championship game.
“Greg is an integral part of our offence and we’re very pleased to have a player of his caliber, experience and character in the REDBLACKS organization for another two years,” said REDBLACKS GM Marcel Desjardins. “Trevor and Greg have a good relationship and this continuity will only benefit our offence.”
After signing with Ottawa following the REDBLACKS’ inaugural 2014 season, Ellingson quickly endeared himself to RNation as one of four receivers on the roster to hit at least 1,000 yards in 2015. His fan base only grew when Ellingson hauled down the now-legendary 93-yard game-winning touchdown pass in the 2015 East Final to send the REDBLACKS to their first Grey Cup.
This past year, Ellingson finished with 1,260 yards and four touchdowns, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the second-straight year that ended in a Grey Cup Championship – the first of Ellingson’s career in his fourth straight trip to the Grey Cup.
Ottawa’s latest signing comes with CFL Free Agency set to open February 14.
(Ottawa REDBLACKS Football Club)
It appears the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have locked up one of their most dangerous pass catchers, signing Terrence Toliver to a contract extension just days before the February 14th deadline. Toliver tweeted out a photo of himself inking the deal late Friday night stating that it was a two-year deal.
The club has yet to issue any confirmation.