Lions release former all-stars Bruce and Parker | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League Staff

VANCOUVER -- The BC Lions made two significant cuts to their roster Friday afternoon, releasing former all-stars SB Arland Bruce lll and DB Byron Parker.

“Both Arland and Byron were great pros, we thank them for their services and wish them the very best in the future,” said Lions VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono.  

Bruce has spent 11 years in the CFL with Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton and BC, generating over 10,000 yards receiving and 89 touchdowns.  He joined the Lions in 2011 just in time to help lead them to a Grey Cup victory at home.  

The elusive pass-catcher broke into the league in 2001 with Winnipeg as a part of a receiving corps that boasted the likes of Geroy Simon and Milt Stegall.  Following a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, Bruce joined the Argonauts in 2004 where he emerged as their go-to receiver over parts of six seasons, helping them capture a Grey Cup in 2004 and two first place finishes (2005, 2007).

In 2009, he was traded to the rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats following a much-publicized feud with then-head coach Bart Andrus.  He was released midway through the 2011 season and promptly joined the Lions.

Parker, an 8-year CFL veteran, joined the Lions as a free agent in February of 2012 and recorded 38 tackles and one interception in 18 games with the Leos.

Prior to moving out west, Parker spent the majority of his career with the Toronto Argonauts (2005-2011) – with a brief stint in Edmonton along the way (2009).  In an impressive career the former league all-star has amassed 255 total tackles and 29 interceptions.  More importantly, 9 of those picks have been returned for touchdowns which sits as a league record.


Fan Comments
I can understand why Parker was cut. He was burned in the western final. I will miss seeing Bruce in orange. Hope he can catch on with another team and both land on their feet. Thank you both for your service to the black and orange.
January 19, 2013 - 1:46am
Too bad for Bruce who was still playing well last season but there are younger (and no doubt less expensive) receivers on the team who proved themselves last year when he was injured. Parker a bit of a surprise although I think he may not have quite lived up to expectations last season compared to his years in TO.
January 18, 2013 - 10:29pm
als rule
salary cap era!! give your QB $450,000.00/year and somebody else hits the pokey line in vancouver!!
January 18, 2013 - 6:11pm
This means that Simon will be staying with the lions next season. Buono making cap space to accomidate Lulay and Simon. He is not going to re-sign any of his other FAs except Gore.
January 19, 2013 - 1:46am
als rule
quite possible!!
January 19, 2013 - 11:51am