Lions cut Clermont

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS VANCOUVER

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

Jason Clermont is no longer a B.C. Lion.

The Canadian Football League club dropped the bombshell in a statement released at 10:04 p.m. PST Wednesday.

"While this is an end to my time with the Lions, I embrace the opportunity to continue playing and look forward to the months ahead as I train like never before to make an impact wherever I may end up," Clermont said in a prepared statement.

The Regina-born slotback was rookie of the year in 2002 after being drafted fourth overall by B.C. The two-time most outstanding Canadian was most valuable Canadian of the 2004 Grey Cup and has a Grey Cup ring from the Lions' 2006 triumph.

Clermont leaves the team sixth all-time in receiving with 428 catches for 5,917 yards. He is a part-time real estate agent in Saskatchewan and speculation is he'll resurface as a Roughrider.

"This was a very difficult decision and an equally difficult day for the B.C. Lions Football Club," said general manager and head coach Wally Buono. "We are grateful for Jason's hard work and dedication to excellence over the past seven seasons and we wish him the very best luck in the future."

Meanwhile, the Lions also announced they won't exercise the option on running back Charles Roberts, who was acquired in a midseason trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for Joe Smith.


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