VANCOUVER — The BC Lions officially announced this morning that free agent import receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux has agreed to terms on a contract with the team.
The pending contract signing marks Arceneaux’s return to the Leos after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons in Orange. The Alcorn State-grad departed the club following the 2010 campaign and spent two years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and most recently, the New York Jets.
In total, Arceneaux made three NFL regular season appearances all coming in 2011 with the Vikings, recording one reception for 10 yards. “We are very pleased to have Emmanuel returning to the club,” said Lions VP of business operations and GM Wally Buono. “He brings experience, leadership and speed to our offence and I know fans will be very excited to see him back on the field in a Lions uniform.”
Prior to his departure, Arceneaux appeared in 36 regular season games for the Lions notching 130 receptions for 1,972 yards and 12 touchdowns with another 269 yards on 17 receptions coming in three playoff appearances.
“Emmanuel will be welcomed back with open arms,” said head coach Mike Benevides. “He’s an outstanding player who works very hard at his craft and he will have a significant impact on our team and our league.”
“I am honoured to be back with the Lions,” said Arceneaux from his home in Louisiana. “My last meaningful game as a pro came in the playoffs back in 2010 and it will be a great feeling to get back on the field with everyone in BC. I’ve missed playing in Vancouver, I’ve missed the fans and I’m ready to start having fun again.”