Leos lose Murphy

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

The B.C. Lions won one and lost one in the early stages of the Canadian Football League's free agent season.

Linebacker Anton McKenzie was lured away from the Saskatchewan Roughriders Monday where he had 68 tackles in 30 regular season games since 2006. McKenzie, a member of the 2007 Grey Cup winners, is a Stony Brook, N.Y. native who played for the University of Massachusetts.

The Lions are among several teams seeking Riders' linebacker Maurice Lloyd.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Rob Murphy surprised CFL fans and wound up signing with the Toronto Argonauts. Murphy was expected to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where ex-Lions' player personnel director Bob O'Billovich is general manager. Murphy was twice the league's most outstanding offensive lineman as a Lion.

The only other Lion on the free agency list is defensive lineman Matt Kirk, a three-season B.C. veteran from Queen's Univeristy who entered the league in 2005 with Ottawa.

The CFL free agent market opened at 9 p.m. Pacific on Sunday.


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