Sep 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas (84) returns the football against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

De’Anthony Thomas, who was used primarily as a return man in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and briefly the Baltimore Ravens, is back in football. Thomas will be taking his talents north in 2022. Specifically, the Great White North, with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

The Lions announced the signing on Twitter on Tuesday.

Thomas also has experience in the Pacific Northwest (or if you’re in Canada, the Pacific Southwest) from his days as a University of Oregon standout.

Thomas last played in the NFL during the 2019 season, which was split between the Chiefs and Ravens. In total, he returned 17 kickoffs for 321 yards and 26 punts for 148 punts that year. He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and was unsigned in 2021.

His signing has brought some excitement to CFL fans, one of whom would like to see Thomas reunite with his college quarterback, Marcus Mariota.

Thomas’ skills are arguably much better suited for the CFL than NFL. Returns are at more of a premium in Canada, as the CFL has returns on missed field goals in addition to punts and kickoffs.

Also, with a bigger field, Thomas will have more of an opportunity to use his speed.

Time will tell how well the move will work out. But at first glance, Thomas and the CFL feel like a good pairing.

[BC Lions]

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