September 8, 2013, Vancouver, BC – The BC Lions Football Club announced late this afternoon that they have acquired quarterback Buck Pierce from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in exchange for non-import receiver Akeem Foster.
“We are heading into a critical part of our schedule and we need to improve significantly as a football team,” said VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono. “Buck is a proven veteran quarterback, an accomplished starter and a leader who has taken his teams into the playoffs and to a championship game. He will also give us a needed veteran presence in support of Travis Lulay.”
Pierce rejoins the Lions after spending five years in Orange from 2005-2009, making 34 starts and complying a 21-12-1 mark during that time. After joining the Bombers as a free agent in 2010, Pierce went on to appear in 33 games (32 as the starter). For his career, the New Mexico State product has thrown for 15,059 yards on 1,179 completions including 73 touchdowns and a 64.3 completion percentage.
Foster departs the Lions after being drafted by the club in 2010 (4th round, 25th overall). The Ajax, Ontario native appeared in 43 games over four seasons hauling in 62 passes for 960 yards and nine touchdowns.
“We wish Akeem the best in Winnipeg,” added Buono. “We appreciate his contributions both on and off the field and we believe this trade will give him a good opportunity to play on a regular basis.”
- New Mexico State (Import)
- Ht: 6.01 Wt: 210
- Born: Nov. 5, 1981 – Hutchinson, KS
- Yrs with Lions: 6th
- Yrs in CFL: 9th
- Games played: 122 (86 with BC)
- Playoff games: 6 (5 with BC
- Grey Cup: 2 (2006 w/BC, 2011 with w/WPG