Former Stampeder OffensiveTackle Ben Archibald Now a BC Lion

Congratulations to Wally Buono for convincing former Stampeder and veteran offensive lineman Ben Archibald to ink a two-year deal for $140,000 per season on February 22nd. Three players—Dean Valli, Andrew Jones Jesse Newman—will compete in training camp for the position made vacant by the release of veteran guard Skerko Haji-Rasouli. Second year lineman Jovan Olafioye will move to right tackle. Jon Hameister-Reis will probably remain at left guard. This signing is the latest in a series of important moves by Buono, keeping key players such as QB Travis Lulay, DE Brent Johnson, RB Jamal Robertson, CB Davis Sanchez and center Angus Reid in the orange, black and white. Buono also signed big defensive tackle Eric Taylor to help shore up the lions' front line against the run and fill the spot left vacant by the release of Stevie Williams in January of this year. The Lions now have three defensive tackles inked, the others being the veteran Aaron Hunt and Khalif Mitchell. These moves address the teams greatest needs right now, upgrades on the offensive and defensive lines. David Hyland, a play maker if ever I saw one, was picked up late last season and made a good showing at both safety and corner. He should make everybody on the wet coast quickly forget the the inconsistent play of Tad Crawford.

  Next on the agenda is either re-signing Jarius Jackson for less $$$, or finding a suitable replacement for the number two spot at quarterback.I don't believe Buono is serious about signing perpetual clipboard holder  Stefan LeFors. And who knows how much better the other Lions QB, Mike Reilly, can get with another training camp under his belt.  

 Another key position to keep an eye on is kicker.  Will the productive yet aging Paul McCallum compete well enough to win the kicking job for another year?  If so, does that force Sean Whyte to look elsewhere for employment?  Tough to find good young Canadian kickers with CFL experience. 

Things are really shaping up for a much, much better year for the Lions and their fans.

Dooger in Surrey   <!-- s:cowboy: -->:cowboy:<!-- s:cowboy: -->

Couldn't agree more Dooger, things are starting to look up... Hopefully the Leo's can fill some holes through the draft and their FA tryouts south of the border. I think a non-import DE should be tops on the list to fill Brent's shoes when he hangs 'em up...

its in the bag. parade route please!

...this is a good signing for the Lions, your once suspect O-line that allowed the merciless slaughter of your QBs is improving, and as any good football mind knows it all starts with the O-line...sad to see BA leave cowtown, but in the end he was too expensive for us...

fabulous signing…i have no idea what calgary was thinking in letting him go…unless there’s another side to the story. cant be about the money. the top o-line player in the country, a canadian, is arguably worth as much as anyone excluding the qb on any roster. but at any rate a great signing.

Archibald is an import.

Richard

really?
wow…sorry…poor reasoning on my part.

…so was your reasoning about the money, according to Hufnagel they offered him decent money but knew there would be teams that would offer him more…B.C. had the leverage to do so…

Yup, I’m Harry Reasoner’s brother, Dubious.

lets hear it for leverage.

The real reason was because he wanted to be closer to Family since he's live in Washington State.

Could be the Lions most important signing this season. WELCOME BEN!