WINNIPEG -- Less than two hours after defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers completed a blockbuster trade, sending Buck Pierce to the BC Lions in exchange for Canadian receiver Akeem Foster.
"Buck has been a true warrior and a consummate professional during his time Winnipeg and we sincerely thank him for his four years of service to our organization,” said Acting General Manager, Kyle Walters.
“In Akeem, we are getting a veteran Canadian receiver who, at age 26, is still entering the prime of his career. His presence immediately helps upgrade our non-import talent on our roster.”
Foster was selected by the BC Lions in the fourth round (24th overall) of the 2010 CFL Draft and became a mainstay in the Lions’ receiving corps over the next two seasons, recording 61 receptions for 949 yards and nine touchdowns in 32 starts.
Over the course of his career, Foster has dressed for 43 games and won a Grey Cup championship with the Lions in 2011, catching one pass for 12 yards in the victory. His finest game came on September 2/11 when he hauled in eight passes for 144 yards and took home the league’s Canadian Player of the Week honours.
Pierce signed with the Blue Bombers in April of 2010 and made 31 starts over four seasons, completing 486 passes for 6,320 yards and 25 touchdowns against 31 interceptions.
“We are heading into a critical part of our schedule and we need to improve significantly as a football team,” said VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono. “Buck is a proven veteran quarterback, an accomplished starter and a leader who has taken his teams into the playoffs and to a championship game. He will also give us a needed veteran presence in support of Travis Lulay.”