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Ex-Eskimos linebacker Adam Konar lands with B.C. Lions

The May long weekend didn’t even go by before former Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Adam Konar found new employment in the Canadian Football League.

Cut Saturday night by the club that drafted him in the third round (25th overall) in 2015, the 25-year-old University of Calgary product was picked up by the B.C. Lions in a transaction announced Monday morning.

“We know how good of a player Adam is, it just didn’t work out for us here with the transition we made in the off-season to imports playing that position for us,” said Eskimos head coach Jason Maas, before eluding to the possibility the Eskimos wanted Konar to take a pay cut from the salary he had been making as a starter. “We knew he was going to be in tough, we were still going to give him an opportunity to earn a job, but ultimately we couldn’t come to an agreement and he moved on.

“And I wish him the best. Adam’s been a proven player here, we drafted him in Edmonton and he’s done nothing but what we’ve asked of him here. So I wish him nothing but the best and he knows that.”

Fittingly, Konar goes to a Lions club where his father, Kevin, played linebacker for the entire decade of the ’80s, earning a pair of CFL all-star nods as well as the 1985 Grey Cup championship.

It also marks a reunion with Eskimos-turned-Lions general manager Ed Hervey, who originally drafted Adam on the way to winning a Grey Cup as a rookie.


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