The BC Lions announced Friday that Adam Bighill has been granted his release from the club in order to pursue NFL opportunities. The transaction is the result of a clause in Bighill’s latest contract, which allows him to explore opportunities down south between now and January 27th, 2017. Should Bighill not catch on with a NFL club, he will remain with the Lions through 2018.
“When we did the extension last year one of the things Adam wanted to keep alive was a window to see what opportunities there would be in the NFL,” said GM/head coach Wally Buono. “When we negotiated the contract we thought it was good for him and good for us to get what we needed. The window starts now and he’s going to look at that.”
Bighill is coming off an outstanding season where he recorded 108 defensive tackles, good for second on the club behind Solomon Elimimian and third overall in the CFL. In addition, he was selected as both a CFL and Western Division All-Star. When you factor in all of those credentials, it no doubt makes sense for the 28-year old Central Washington product to kick some NFL tires.
“I am grateful for the club’s understanding that as a professional football player, father and husband, I want to maximize my career potential,” said Bighill. “I want to make it very clear to our incredible fans however, that I love being a BC Lion and if nothing comes to fruition in the NFL, I will be ecstatic to return to the club.”