Lions sign defensive lineman Maxx Forde through 2018 season

The B.C. Lions signed defensive lineman Maxx Forde through the 2018 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Forde was eligible to become a free agent in February.

B.C. selected the 26-year-old in the seventh round of the 2015 CFL draft. He is set to enter his third season with the Lions after spending a year on the practice roster.

“Maxx continues to develop and improve with each opportunity that he’s given,” said head coach Wally Buono. “He’s an incredibly intelligent player who has worked extremely hard from his first day on the field with us and it’s great to have him back.”

Through 23 regular-season games, Maxx has recorded 12 defensive stops and a pair of forced fumbles. Last season, he recorded the first sack of his career against Winnipeg on July 21.