In 1990 Flutie signed with the British Columbia Lions for a two-year contract reportedly worth $350,000 a season. At the time he was the highest paid CFL player in the league (although it was lower than the salary earned by the Montreal Alouettes' quarterback Vince Ferragamo[?] in 1981). In his first season Flutie struggled at the Canadian game and his offensive line gave him little help. The following year, however, Flutie shone and was remarded in free agency one year later with a reported million dollar a year salary with the Calgary Stampeders. At this point in time Flutie's salary was overshadowed by another big name Raghib Ismail[?] of the Toronto Argonauts, who had the highest yearly salary in gridiron football in history at the time.
Flutie as a Calgary Stampeder won his first Grey Cup in 1992. He would go on to win two more Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts before signing with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.
Flutie is currently the backup quarterback of the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.
Flutie's success in the National Football League coupled with the revoking of the "marquee player" exemption in the Canadian Football League's salary cap, which allowed one player to be exempt from counting against the CFL's salary cap on each team, resulted in a string of star quarterbacks leaving the CFL and going to the NFL, such as Jeff Garcia and Dave Dickenson[?], as well as some players who showed some future potential such as Henry Burris[?].