The BC Lions were able to give their fans an early gift Monday when they announced the club had extended the contract of quarterback Travis Lulay.
Official terms of the deal were not released, but it’s a two year deal including an option that will keep Lulay with the Lions through the 2012 season. It’s believed Lulay will get starters money as well, with reports indicating a $250,000 per season deal according to Sportnet’s Arash Madani on Twitter.
Lulay was thrilled with the new deal indicating the club’s commitment to him and his teammates have him brimming with confidence.
“This is the first time in my career I have felt that a team has invested in me and that is a very good feeling,” Lulay told BCLions.com. “My confidence is very high with our players our coaches and the organization as a whole; I’m excited,” he added.
Lions fans may have preferred a longer deal, but from the sound of things, Lulay doesn’t see this short deal as short stop before tryong the NFL.
“Playing in Canada is not a stepping stone for me, I want to be here, I want to win championships and I want to make my home here,” he said.
The deal gives the Lions stability heading into training camp with Lulay as the undisputed number one. Of course, the club thought they had that last season when some promising showings by Casey Printers earned him a similar extension last off-season. Despite that failure, the Lions now look to have a QB who can lead them for the next several seasons, and one that the offence can and will rally around.
For more Lulay, checkout this great peice by Andrew Bucholtz who said a lot of the things we wanted to, but beat us to the punch. It comes complete with a couple of videos showcasing Lulay’s work last season.
The essential Travis Lulay:
|Height: 6.02||Born: Salem, OR|
|Weight: 216||College: Montana State|
|Birthdate: September 27, 1983||Years: 2 BC / 2 CFL|