Redblacks sign Jonathon Jennings from Lions

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The Ottawa Redblacks signed quarterback Jonathon Jennings from the British Columbia Lions on Wednesday. Even though Jennings signed with the Redblacks and was part of free agency, one could make the argument that the Redblacks, Lions and Edmonton Eskimos completed a three-way trade at the quarterback position as on Tuesday, the Eskimos acquired Trevor Harris from the Redblacks and the Lions acquired Mike Reilly from the Eskimos.

Jennings played in 10 games for the Lions in 2018. He completed 161 passes in 239 attempts for 1628 yards. He had eight touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Jennings’ best season came with the Lions in 2016 when he completed 371 passes in 554 attempts for 5226 yards, 27 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.

The Redblacks also acquired two Canadians from the Alouettes.  They were linebacker Nicolas Boulay of Magog, Quebec and offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec.

In other acquisitions, the Lions acquired wide receiver Joshua Stanford from the Alouettes and linebacker Terrell Davis from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 17 games last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Alouettes, Stanford had 19 receptions for 174 yards.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers meanwhile lost wide receiver Ryan Lankford to the Redblacks and defensive back Taylor Loffler to the Alouettes. Over the last three seasons, Loffler has been a CFL All-Star.

In other signings, the Toronto Argonauts signed defensive lineman Oluwatobi Antigha, the Tiger-Cats signed defensive end Ja’Gared Davis from the Calgary Stampeders, and the Redblacks signed defensive back Troy Stoudermire from the Stampeders. Davis and Stoudermire won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders last season.

In addition to Jennings, the Lions lost five others to free agency. They were linebacker Micah Awe, running back Tyrell Sutton and defensive lineman Shawn Lemon to the Argonauts, defensive back Winston Rose to the Blue Bombers, and slotback Cory Watson of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec to the Roughriders. Sutton was a CFL All-Star with the Alouettes in 2015 as he had 180 carries for 1059 yards and five touchdowns. Watson had 38 catches for 406 yards and three touchdowns with the Lions in 2018.

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