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

B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian celebrates his sack on Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros during the first half of their CFL game in Hamilton, Ont., Saturday, October 4, 2014. The B.C. Lions signed American linebacker Solomon Elimimian to a contract extension through the 2019 season Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett
B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian celebrates his sack on Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros during the first half of their CFL game in Hamilton, Ont., Saturday, October 4, 2014. The B.C. Lions signed American linebacker Solomon Elimimian to a contract extension through the 2019 season Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

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.

The Lions also signed Canadian free-agent receiver Cory Watson to a one-year contract. Watson, 33, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., is an eight-year CFL veteran having spent time previously with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos.

Watson has appeared in 115 career regular-season games, registering 290 receptions for 3,331 yards and 13 TDs.

“In addition to adding a lot of experience to the offence, Cory’s leadership and physical style of play is something we’re going to benefit from this season,” GM Ed Hervey said in a statement. "He’s a versatile and consistent receiver who comes to work every day and can fill a number of roles offensively and on special teams.”

The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. 2018

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