They say you can’t go home again, but the newest B.C. Lion, Anthony Cioffi, did — twice.
In February, the Springfield, N.J., native worked out and signed with the New York Jets — whose training facility is a 20-minute drive from his home — before being waived, re-signed and waived again in August.
Now the former Ottawa Redblacks defensive back has found familiarity in the latest stop of his football journey, reuniting with his old coach in B.C.’s Rick Campbell.
“Anthony is an impact player who can play multiple positions on our defence,” Campbell said in the release announcing his signing on Wednesday.
“His athleticism will also provide a great boost for the secondary we are building for this season.”
The six-foot, 205-pound Cioffi spent two seasons in Ottawa, lining up as their SAM linebacker in 2019 when he made 61 defensive tackles along with two sacks and two interceptions. Overall, Cioffe had 97 defensive tackles, 13 special teams stops, four sacks, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown in 33 regular-season contests with the Redblacks.
In 2017, Cioffe was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers, where he was a four-year starter, and had six tackles and a forced fumble in four games before being one of the final cuts.