QB Joey Elliott signs with B.C. Lions

Quarterback Joey Elliott signed with the B.C. Lions on Friday, May 24, 2013. (Marcel Cretain/QMI...

Quarterback Joey Elliott signed with the B.C. Lions on Friday, May 24, 2013. (Marcel Cretain/QMI Agency/Files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Joey Elliott officially has a new home.

The former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback officially agreed to terms on a contract with the B.C. Lions on Friday and he'll compete for the backup job behind Travis Lulay.

Elliott spent the past three seasons with the Blue Bombers and started nine of the 33 games he dressed for -- throwing for 2,101 yards and five touchdowns last season.

"Joey brings quality playing experience to the table and this is a key signing for our club," Lions VP of football operations and general manager Wally Buono said in a prepared statement. "He is going to make us better by raising the competition of our back-up quarterbacks heading into training camp." Elliott, who played college ball at Purdue, produced a career-best day against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season when he threw for 406 yards on Aug. 12.

"Joey definitely strengthens our quarterback ranks and I'm very pleased to have him joining us," Lions head coach Mike Benevides said in a press release. "He's played in some big games both at the college level and in the CFL and that kind of experience is difficult to find in a back-up quarterback." Elliott and fellow pivot Alex Brink were released by the Blue Bombers during the off-season after Max Hall and Chase Clement were signed.


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