The Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions agreed yesterday to a one-year contract with former Raiders QB Todd Marinovich, who is attempting a comeback after spending three months in jail for marijuana possession, his lawyer said.
Marinovich, a first-round pick of the Raiders in the 1991 NFL draft, was released by the team in 1993 after playing in just eight games. He spent three weeks with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers the following season before suffering a serious knee injury.
Marinovich, a 29-year-old left-hander, was convicted in September 1997 of felony possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after Orange County (Calif.) police found a marijuana plant and other related items in his home. He served three months of a six-month sentence.
The NFL then set up a series of guidelines, including counseling and random drug testing, for him to meet before he was allowed to return, said his agent. He got that clearance in April and worked out with the Seahawks and Bears, though neither team offered him a contract.
MACK BACK: The Bengals yesterday reinstated Tremain Mack, a kick returner and defensive back who was jailed last season because of drunken-driving arrests.
Mack, 24, missed the final four games. He has been undergoing an NFL-mandated alcohol evaluation program.