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Lions QB Kevin Glenn happy to be in B.C., felt 'blindsided' by Ottawa (VIDEO)

Kevin Glenn's at peace, practicing in the sunshine with his new BC Lions teammates, in Kamloops.

"Put it like this, I'm happy that I'm in this situation right here, in B.C.," he said. "Everything happens for a reason."

That everything Glenn is referring to was his last offseason. The pivot was signed to be the first quarterback of the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks, but the team then signed Henry Burris after the latter was cut by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The move made Burris the starter in Steeltown, Ontario, and Glenn responded with a trade request – a demand that brought him to B.C. and to a recently championship-calibre roster.

"You're dealing with an expansion team versus a team that, you have a lot of guys on this team that actually won the Grey Cup in 2011," he said. "I just believe in the stability within the club (here in B.C.), within the team. You have a lot of guys who've played a lot of games."

But that wasn't all Glenn said on Tuesday, when he spoke with the Canadian Press's Joshua Clipperton.

Glenn said he was "blindsided" by the RedBlacks, when the team picked up Burris, and that he found out about what happened the way the rest of us did – when he saw it on the news.

"Everybody knows the situation in Ottawa, where I was kinda blindsided," he said. "I got it in the news actually the same day that it actually happened."

"We'll leave that to the imagination, because it never happened," Glenn said, when asked whether he would have stayed in Ottawa if the team had come to him about Burris's signing first.

"Don't get me wrong, this is not any knock towards the Ottawa franchise, or the league, or the fans in Ottawa or anything," Glenn said. "There's a lot of rookies on that team in Ottawa, and I'm not saying that's the reason why I wanted out of Ottawa."

Glenn most recently played for the Calgary Stampeders, in the 2012-13 season. He entered the CFL in 2001 with Saskatchewan.

His most successful seasons came between 2004 and 2008, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Glenn led the blue and gold to the 2007 Grey Cup against Saskatchewan, but broke his arm in the East Division final and missed the championship game. The Bombers, helmed by rookie quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, went on to lose the Grey Cup, 23-19.

Glenn will still be a second-string quarterback in B.C., behind 2011 Most Outstanding Player Travis Lulay, who guided the Lions to a CFL championship that same year.

Last season, Lulay missed six games with an injury and he's questionable to start this season healthy, too.

Those facts obviously led the Lions and general manager Wally Buono to feel they needed to shore up their situation under center.

"Kevin Glenn is an experienced quarterback that's won wherever he's been," Buono said, in May. "He's a guy that I think brings instant credibility (and) adds strength to (the position).

"You can't win without great quarterbacking."

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