Sportsnet's Arash Madani is reporting the Edmonton Eskimos have traded for BC Lions quarterback Mike Reilly.
It's a pre-emptive move made by the Eskimos to acquire a pending free agent, buying themselves just over two weeks to sign the 28-year-old before he hits the open market on Feb. 15.
Edmonton GM Ed Hervey had made it known he was absolutely interested in the services of Reilly, who likely wouldn't be a fit in B.C.'s salary cap structure after giving starter Travis Lulay $450,000.
Reilly would immediately become the Eskimos starting quarterback, launching a new beginning in Edmonton, in the post-Ricky Ray era. The team released Steven Jyles earlier this month.