Cue the auditions for quarterback Travis Lulay’s backup for 2014.
The B.C. Lions on Tuesday announced that pivot Buck Pierce is retiring after nine seasons in the Canadian Football League.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Joey Elliott would climb the depth chart and enter training camp as the favourite to play behind Lulay.
“I am very grateful for the support of teammates, fans and management in both B.C. and Winnipeg during my career,” Pierce, 32, said in a statement released by the Canadian Football League team.
“Having an opportunity to retire as a Lion where I won a championship is a tremendous honour. It’s been a great ride and I’m ready to move into the next phase of my football career.”
Pierce, whom the Lions originally signed in 2005, battled injuries through most of his CFL career.
Still, he managed to appear in 94 games in two stints with B.C., while also spending three-plus seasons with Winnipeg.
In 130 regular-season games, Pierce amassed 15,289 passing yards (8,964 with B.C.) on 1,200 completions (713 with B.C.) with 76 touchdowns (51 with BC).
He won a Grey Cup championship with the Lions in 2006 while guiding the Blue Bombers to the 2011 CFL championship.
“Buck was a fearless competitor who never hesitated to put his body on the line for our organization,” said Wally Buono, Lions vice-president of football operations and general manager. “He was loved by both fans and teammates alike and on behalf of the Lions, we wish him the very best in the future.”