From the Vancouver Sun:
VANCOUVER - Don't ever tell Ricky Foley it's all about the money. The CFL's 2009 Canadian of the Year shunned a higher offer from his hometown Toronto Argonauts to sign with the B.C. Lions on Monday night.
Foley is expected to rejoin his new, er, old team sometime today and expects to be available for the Lions' road game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.
“At the end of the day you need to have a smile on your face,? said Foley, 28, from his parents' home in Courtice, Ont. “If you're not happy, it doesn't really matter how much money you have in your wallet.?
It's been reported the Argos were offering upwards of $165,000 annually for the services of last season's sacks leader. The Calgary Stampeders, and to a lesser degree, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were also in the mix.
“Like come-on – I thought last year making 60 grand was a lot, so it's hard to complain or feel bad about stuff when it comes down to taking a little less money spread over the term of the contract,? continued Foley, who learned to appreciate the value of money growing up the youngest son of cattle farmers. “I mean, the worst thing that could happen for me would be to have more in my bank account, but have 10 less sacks and not as much fun.?
Money aside, teammates, the city and his comfort level were the deciding factors in his decision.
“I won Canadian of the Year there, led the league in sacks there and won a ring with those guys and I feel by coming back I can continue that success while Toronto was a bit of the unknown,? said Foley, who signed for two-years plus a team option. “I walk in that locker room [today] or the next day and get hugs and kisses rather than stares and mean mugs. I like those guys and I really feel with Casey [Printers] there and guys getting healthy that despite the team's record we have a good shot this year. I really do think we're going to turn things around.?
The deal comes exactly one week after Foley was cut by the NFL's New York Jets.
“The NFL was a pretty frustrating experience so just to get on the field and be comfortable again at my position, what the team expects of me, my assignments and blocks and techniques and everything … It's been a long time,? said Foley, before offering a warning to offensive lineman across the league. “I just can't wait to destroy people.?