VANCOUVER — The BC Lions have signed national receiver Cory Watson, the team announced Wednesday.
The deal was announced on the second day of free agency, as General Manager Ed Hervey continues to shape the Lions after taking over the reins this off-season.
Watson enters his ninth CFL season having spent the past three years in Edmonton preceded by six productive seasons in Winnipeg. Seeing action in 115 regular season games, he’s tallied 290 career receptions for 3,331 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“In addition to adding a lot of experience to the offence, Cory’s leadership and physical style of play is something we’re going to benefit from this season,” said GM Ed Hervey. “He’s a versatile and consistent receiver who comes to work every day and can fill a number of roles offensively and on special teams.”
The Quebec native attended Concordia University and was Winnipeg’s second-round selection (ninth overall) in the 2010 CFL Draft. He was the ‘Bombers nominee as Most Outstanding Canadian in 2011, recording a team-high 69 catches for 793 yards. Among his accomplishments is two appearances in the Grey Cup, winning a ring in 2015 with Edmonton.