Lions acquire QB Dane Evans from Tiger-Cats

Dane Evans’s CFL profession will proceed on the West Coast.

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats traded Evans to the B.C. Lions on Thursday for a conditional 2024 fourth-round draft decide. Evans was the Ticats’ starter for his or her two Gray Cup losses to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2019, 2021).

The transfer comes simply over a 12 months after Hamilton opted to decide to Evans as their beginning quarterback — signing a two-year deal — and permit Jeremiah Masoli to hitch the Ottawa Redblacks as a free agent. However the Ticats (8-10) completed third within the East Division final season earlier than dropping 28-17 to the Montreal Alouettes within the convention semifinal.

Evans’s destiny was sealed final month when Hamilton went all-in with veteran Bo Levi Mitchell, signing the two-time CFL excellent participant to a three-year deal roughly two months after buying Mitchell’s rights from the Calgary Stampeders.

B.C.’s acquisition of Evans comes after the membership gave veteran Vernon Adams Jr. an enormous vote of confidence final month when Canadian Nathan Rourke signed with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. However Rick Campbell, the Lions’ head coach/co-GM stated Adams will stay the membership’s starter.

“We’re thrilled so as to add somebody of Dane’s calibre to our quarterback room,” Campbell stated in a press release. “You possibly can by no means have sufficient confirmed veterans at QB.

“Vernon Adams Jr. is our man and our starter. Led by VA, the QB room will likely be a key element to our success in 2023.”

The Lions and Ticats will meet twice this 12 months. Hamilton will go to BC Place Stadium on Aug. 26 earlier than the 2 groups play at Tim Hortons Subject on Oct. 13.

The six-foot-one, 218-pound Evans completed 305-of-457 passing (66.7 per cent) for 3,883 yards final season with Hamilton. However he additionally led the CFL in interceptions (16), fumbles (eight) and fumbles misplaced (seven), whereas successful simply six of 14 regular-season begins.

Evans, 29, joined the Ticats in 2018 and appeared in 63 profession regular-season video games over 4 seasons. He accomplished 698-of-1,019 passes (67.6 per cent) for 8,807 yards with 45 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

Evans additionally ran for 511 yards and 10 TDs on 125 carries (4.01-yard common).

B.C. landed Adams on Aug. 31, 2022 from the Montreal Alouettes after Rourke suffered a Lisfranc sprain in his proper foot that required surgical procedure. Adams received 4 of the six begins he made for the Lions, finishing 118-of-180 passes (65.6 per cent) for 1,504 yards with six TDs and one interception earlier than Rourke returned for the membership’s regular-season finale.

Adams additionally rushed for 129 yards on 14 carries (9.2-yard common).

B.C. additionally signed American quarterback Dominique Davis to a one-year deal Feb., 14, the primary day of CFL free company. The six-foot-four, 216-pound Davis spent final season with Montreal, finishing 19-of-25 passes for 253 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions whereas dashing for 163 yards and 13 touchdowns on 63 carries.


Davis is getting into his eighth CFL season, having frolicked with Winnipeg (2015-17), Ottawa (2018-19, 2021) and Montreal (2022). He has appeared in 106 profession regular-season video games, finishing 335-of-528 passes (63.4 per cent) for 3,893 yards with 14 TDs and 21 interceptions.

Davis, 33, has run 167 instances for 434 yards (2.6-yard common) and 26 touchdowns.

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