Naylor: Eskimos allowing Reilly to speak to other teams benefits them as well
Quarterback Mike Reilly has been given permission by the Edmonton Eskimos to speak to other CFL teams before next Tuesday's opening of free agency.
More than one team has already spoken to Rielly according to TSN's Farhan Lalji.
Reilly, 34, led the league in passing yards (5,562) and was second in TD passes (30) last season. He led Edmonton to a Grey Cup win in 2015 and captured the league's outstanding player award in 2017.
He hasn’t missed a game over the past three seasons, running 319 times for 1,391 yards (4.37 average) and 34 touchdowns over that span while also throwing for almost 17,000 yards and 88 touchdowns.
The 34-year-old is TSN's second-ranked free agent quarterback going into next week's signing period.
Reilly is coming off a two-year contract that made him the CFL's highest-paid player at more than $500,000 per season and enters a market where only two teams - the Ticats and Blue Bombers - have a starting quarterback pencilled in for next season.
Last March during CFL Week in Winnipeg, Reilly said he felt an obligation not to sign a new contract as long as the CFL stuck to its policy of refusing to grant signing bonuses before the signing of a new CBA. The current agreement expires in in May. He was less definitive at season’s end about waiting for a new CBA before signing a new deal, acknowledging the uncertainty it created but stopping short of saying he would not sign until a new one was agreed upon.
As TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor has reported, the BC Lions, Reilly's former team, are a front-runner for his services as GM Ed Hervey traded for Reilly's rights while he was in Edmonton back in 2013.