Tucsonans Stanley Berryhill III & Jeff Cotton signed by CFL’s British Columbia Lions

Stanley Berryhill III continues to have pro football aspirations, now with the CFL (Arizona Athletics photo)

Stanley Berryhill III and Jeff Cotton, both former Mountain View High School receivers, recently signed with the CFL’s British Columbia Lions.

Berryhill, also a former Arizona standout, signed with British Columbia on Dec. 28 while Cotton, who played at Pima College after his Mountain View career, signed with the Lions last month.

Berryhill, who earned a scholarship at Arizona after beginning his career there as a walk-on, played briefly with the Detroit Lions in his rookie season last year.

He was one of multiple Lions to be suspended in April by the NFL for violating the league’s gambling policies. He was waived by the team shortly thereafter and has remained an NFL free agent.

The NFL and NFLPA agreed to adjust the league’s gambling policy, and Berryhill’s suspension lasted only four weeks and not six.

Berryhill signed with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL on Dec. 12 but the team did not make the merger into the UFL and its operations ceased.

Cotton spent portions of last NFL season on the practice roster with the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.

He was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 and dressed for one regular season game.

He originally entered the league as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020.

Cotton, 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds, played at Idaho after his Pima career concluded.

He caught 132 passes for 1,732 yards and 13 touchdowns over 20 games with the Vandals.

The 2024 CFL season begins in June with training camps starting in May.

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