When life gives you lemons, so the old saying goes, make lemonade. Or in the case of DeVier Posey, when life sets you back once again, follow one lemon, former team-mate (shawn) Lemon, back to the CFL. The B.C. Lions and receiver DeVier Posey have agreed to terms on a contract for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Posey was released by the Baltimore Ravens among final training camp cuts. He had five receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown in four NFL pre-season games with the Ravens. He had also worked out for the Buffalo Bills but was not offered a contract.
This is not Posey’s first set back, nor the first time he has found a way back. He fought through autoimmune deficiency from when he was three years old. He was one of the Ohio State Buckeye players that were suspended five games for allegedly making money off of their game-worn memorabilia in 2010.
Despite all that he would later he score a touchdown to help Ohio State defeat Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl and initially made it to the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Texans in the third round, 68th overall in the 2012 NFL draft.
In 2013 Posey injured his ankle during the Texans loss to the patriots in the AFC Divisional Rounds. In so doing he had suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Texans later traded him to the Jets who would waive him and he was briefly signed with Denver before being released.
The one thing the Lions must know they are getting for sure is someone with a bucket load of resilience. He just keeps getting up and trying again. In 2016 Posey signed with the Argonauts and his return to the CFL with a different team may have surprised some. Not the return, but the fact that it’s not with Toronto. Posey has said in the past that Argos coach Marc Trestman is responsible for his personal transformation.
That transformation is the one that saw Posey have seven catches for 175 yards and one touchdown – including a Grey Cup record 100-yard TD reception – in Toronto’s 27-24 CFL Grey Cup win last year.
He may only have had a relatively modest 52 catches for 744 yards and seven TD’s in 2017, but it was that big game play which led to a door opening in Baltimore. As that door is closing and another one opens in the CFL once more Posey is stepping through where perhaps he senses there is a real opportunity following the injury sustained recently by Manny Arceneaux.
Whatever happens Ed Hervey, and the Lions know they have signed a survivor with big game experience. Both qualities could be invaluable as the 4-6 Lions start to eye a crossover playoff spot. As ever it will be intriguing for us to see how all this plays out.
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