A CFL source confirmed on Monday that the grievance had been filed. The source spoke of anonymity as not all the league, Lions and the CFL Players Association have publicly disclosed specific details.
The Lions declined to comment on Monday.
Reilly signed a 4-year, $ 2.9 million deal with British Columbia as a free agent in February 2019 after six seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. It was kind of a homecoming for Reilly, a native of Kennewick, Wash., Who started his CFL career with the Lions (2010-12).
Reilly’s deal with British Columbia was important as it made him the highest paid player in the CFL, but it also reportedly included $ 250,000 fully guaranteed. When the league canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the source said Reilly still expected to receive his guaranteed allowance and the grievance was filed last month because he had not received it. at this moment.
Ed Hervey, who signed Reilly for the four-year deal in 2019, resigned as chief executive of the Lions on October 16, citing personal reasons. Just 10 days later, franchise owner David Braley passed away at the age of 79.
Reilly, 35, was the outstanding CFL player in 2017 after posting a career-high 5,830 yards and 30 touchdowns. He guided Edmonton to a Gray Cup title in 2015, winning MVP honors.
In 2019, Reilly amassed 3,897 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 16 regular season games as British Columbia (5-13) finished last in the West Division standings.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 9, 2020.