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B.C. Lions sign linebacker Solomon Elimimian to contract extension

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Andy Fantuz (83) celebtaes his touchdown catch with teammate Joel Figueroa, left, during first half CFL eastern conference final football action in Toronto on November 17, 2013. The B.C. Lions bolstered their offensive line by signing free-agent lineman Joel Figueroa on Tuesday.B.C. announced the one-year deal less than an hour after the noon ET start of free agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Andy Fantuz (83) celebtaes his touchdown catch with teammate Joel Figueroa, left, during first half CFL eastern conference final football action in Toronto on November 17, 2013. The B.C. Lions bolstered their offensive line by signing free-agent lineman Joel Figueroa on Tuesday.B.C. announced the one-year deal less than an hour after the noon ET start of free agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions signed American linebacker Solomon Elimimian to a contract extension through the 2019 season Wednesday.

Elimimian, 31, had a league-record 144 tackles last season with B.C.

“Solomon has been the centrepiece of our defence for a number of years and this is great news for the club and our fans,” head coach Wally Buono said in a statement. “He continues to play at a very high level and I know how deeply he cares for this team and being part of our community.”

Elimimian was the CFL's outstanding player in 2014 and twice has been the league's top defensive player (2014, 2016). The four-time all-star has appeared in 114 career regular-season games with B.C., and has registered 719 tackles, 29 sacks eight interceptions and eight forced fumbles.

 

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