The BC Lions have locked up perhaps their best player, inking linebacker Solomon Elimimian to a two-year contract reportedly worth $225,000 per season.
The #BCLions sign linebacker Solomon Elimimian to a 2 year deal worth 225,000 dollars per year, incentives take deal to 245,000.
— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) December 21, 2016
Elimimian, the winner of the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award for 2016, was scheduled to become a free agent in February. With Adam Bighill potentially leaving for the NFL, re-signing Elimimian was of increased importance.
“Solomon’s achievements as a football player are significant and this is a very big signing for our club,” said Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono. “He is an important part of our defence, a leader in our dressing room and I know how important it is for our fans to have Solomon back with us as well.”
Elimimian is the only player in CFL history to win three different major player awards, and the only pure defensive player to win the Most Outstanding Player Award, as he did in 2014.
“BC is the only place I wanted to play and I’m elated to be signing back with the Lions,” said Elimimian. “We have all the ingredients of a championship team and I can’t wait to get back on the field and get to work in 2017.”
— BC Lions (@BCLions) December 21, 2016