CFL Free Agency: BC Lions re-sign Dante Marsh & Ryan Phillips

Back So Soon?

Going into his ninth season in the CFL, Dante Marsh will once again represent the B.C. Lions after agreeing to a conditional contract with the Lions right before he was scheduled to become a free agent yesterday.

A phone call between Darren Gill, Marsh’s agent, and GM Wally Buono resulted in a two year deal – dependent on results of medical exam to take place in Vancouver in March.

Marsh endured off-season shoulder surgery, but Buono expects that he’ll be a veteran worth keeping around, and good to go next season.

Buono told TSN: “In Dante’s case, we have reached an agreement that is subject to him receiving medical clearance to play. We’re confident that hurdle will be cleared and we’ll officially complete the transaction at that time.”

The 33-year-old Marsh appears to be happy with his decision to stay, re-tweeting fans’ messages of delight on Twitter and commenting on remarks that he’ll still be around next season.

Dante Marsh

Dante Marsh & Ryan Phillips back with the Leo's in 2012

RT @Roloson06: Soon as @dantemarsh re signs with the @bclions I am ordering his jersey to celebrate!

He’s a true #grinder #chuuch

Marsh has spent all eight seasons playing in the CFL with the BC Lions, and was named a CFL all-star for the first time in 2011.

He’s won two Grey Cups with the team in 2006 and 2011 – contributing 60 tackles and 23 interceptions last year.

The Lions also resigned defensive back Ryan Phillips ahead of free agency Wednesday, which kicked off at noon Eastern Time.

In 2012 you’ve now got to think the BC Lions defense will be tough to pass on. With Marsh and Phillips in the fold and rumors of Wally Buono possibly bringing in Toronto free agent cornerback Byron Parker this could be the best defense in the CFL.

Wally also managed to lock up Paris Jackson 10 days ago, so its obvious he wants to give first year head coach Mike Benevides some familar faces.

So one day is down in the opening day of CFL free agency. There wasn’t much news in the rest of the league, but for BC  it’s almost over before it started.


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  • Can’t argue with two Grey Cup wins, nice to see March added back into the lineup for another season. Hell, it’s even time for me to get a Lions jersey, too. 

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