May 16, 2013
Lions to make 'aggressive' pitch for Arceneaux
By HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

Manny Arceneaux hasn't decided which CFL team he'll play for yet but his former team, the B.C. Lions, are interested. (QMI Agency/Files)

VANCOUVER - The battle among the receivers is unquestionably one of the main storylines to watch when the B.C. Lions head into their training camp less than three weeks from now.

Without Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce, the catching corps is a lot younger and the number of spots up for grabs is much higher. That entire situation could get even more interesting, however, if Emmanuel Arceneaux decides to return to B.C.

The wide receiver played with the Leos from 2009-10, but was recently waived by the New York Jets and is looking to come back to Canada.

With his NFL dream on hold for now, the biggest enticement for the 25-year-old will be money. And the four top teams in contention for his services are B.C., Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal.

Lions general manager Wally Buono said they were hoping to make an offer late Thursday or Friday to Arceneaux’s agent.

“Right now, the thing about Manny is we’ve been in touch for over two years and this is the place he wants to be,” Buono said of the Alcorn State University grad. “At the end of the day, it’s a business and he’s got to make a decision based on what’s best for him.”


In his two seasons with the Lions, Arceneaux caught 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,972 yards. His 12 catches for 189 yards in the 2009 playoffs led all CFL receivers.

But following unsuccessful stints with the Minnesota Vikings, the Washington Redskins and the Jets, the 6-foot-2 wideout could again become a key part to the Lions offence — if he does choose to return to the orange and black.

“Manny can come in and help us,” Buono said. “He has the rapport with our offensive coaching staff, he has a great rapport with our quarterback and he has a great rapport in the locker room with the veteran players. When you look at those things, you got to be aggressive and try to get it done.”

With or without Arceneaux though, B.C. will be fielding a competitive bunch, even if the offensive group features less experience than in years past.

“We have to now be confident that what we did was for the right reasons,” the Leos GM said of their off-season moves. “My job is to give (head coach) Mike Benevides the best personnel I can and make those positions competitive.

“We believe that we have a lot of good young players who are going to emerge and be great players for us. Not to put the veterans on alert or anything, but training camp is going to be very competitive.”

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