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B.C. Lions sign Matt Bucknor, DeQuin Evans to CFL deals

Matt Bucknor, a five-year CFL veteran, has also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders.

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Matt Bucknor (2) celebrates a win over the B.C. Lions in CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday, July 30, 2015. The B.C. Lions signed Canadian defensive back Bucknor on Thursday.

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Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Matt Bucknor (2) celebrates a win over the B.C. Lions in CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday, July 30, 2015. The B.C. Lions signed Canadian defensive back Bucknor on Thursday.

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions signed Canadian defensive back Matt Bucknor and American defensive lineman DeQuin Evans on Thursday.

Bucknor, a five-year veteran, has also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders.

"Matt is an experienced and skilled defensive back who will gives us very good Canadian depth in the secondary," said Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono.

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Bucknor has played in 67 career regular-season games. The Hamilton native has recorded 150 tackles and three interceptions.

The six-foot-three, 255-pound Evans appeared in five games last season with Montreal, registering four tackles and a sack. He also spent two years with Calgary.

"DeQuin is an athletic defensive end who gives us a great starting point at that position heading into 2017," Buono said. "He's very quick off the ball and I think of him as a 'young veteran' given his experience to this point in his career."

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