Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Will the BC Lions Travis Lulay follow the same career path as Casey Printers and head back across the border in search of the bright lights and the fat contract, or will he realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side and cement his starting role with the BC Lions?
That is the question that will be on the minds of Lions fans this offseason, as Lulay’s impressive play this season has started to turn heads in the NFL.
With a 2008 stint in New Orleans sandwiched by a ping-pong tour as a member of the Seattle Seahawks from 2006-2008, Travis Lulay was given a taste of the NFL following a four year career at Montana State University.
Undrafted in 2006, the Seahawks held on to Lulay until their final cuts in 2006.
Following Dave Dickenson’s 2008 departure, the Lions grab bag of quarterbacks included Buck Pierce, Jarious Jackson, Casey Printers and last but not least, Lulay. (CLICK HERE For BC Lions Stats —>)
While Pierce and Printers have both since moved on, and Jackson remains with the club for short yardage purposes, it has been Lulay who has stepped out of the large shadows into the spotlight.
After a year of “figuring out the game”, Lulay and the Lions flipped a horrid start to the 2011 season into one of the league’s most incredible turnarounds mid season to finish first in the Western Division and in turn placing the red headed QB as the pivot for the West All-Star squad.
While he still potentially has two more games to play this season, the favorite for league MVP will have a number of options to consider for next season and beyond.
Mr. Lulay’s Should I Stay or Should I Go List:
1. Go – At this point in his career, there is little chance that the financial opportunity will present itself once again. Not many QB’s receive four looks at the NFL, and after his impressive CFL season, the money that the NFL can offer will exceed that of what the Lions can dish out.
2. Go – Lulay, during his stint in the NFL, got to see first hand from Matt Hasselbeck and Drew Brees, how to play and succeed at the QB position and has physically put that knowledge to use, proving he is capable of gaining yardage with both his arm and legs.
3. Go – Lulay has proven to critic this year that he is a capable leader. If such names as Kevin Kolb, Matt Moore, Blaine Gabbert, Kerry Collins and the cult hero Tim Tebow can hold down a starting role with their respective teams, Lulay should be given a fair shake as well!
4. Stay – Lulay was part of the Lions roster in 2009 and 2010 when Casey Printers made his return to BC after a failed journey in the NFL.
Thinking that the name on the back of his jersey was bigger than that on the front, Printers found himself holding a clipboard during most of his time in Kansas City. Lulay, while on his way to be a big fish in the CFL, would be but a guppie in the NFL.
5. Stay – With Anthony Calvillo nearing his 40th birthday, the opportunity to step up and be the face of the entire CFL is within reach for Lulay.
6. Stay – Starter in the CFL or backup in the NFL? In all honesty, Lulay would probably serve as a backup if he were to latch on to a NFL team next season.
The age old question presents itself, would you rather have starter minutes in the CFL or play a backup roll in NFL?
While it would be a shame and a huge loss for the Lions to see Lulay head south, the path taken by Joe Kapp, Swervin Mervyn Fernandez, Jeff Garcia, Doug Flutie and Warren Moon shines a light on the road that lies ahead for Travis Lulay.