Lions extend national OL Hunter Steward

The B.C. Lions signed Canadian offensive lineman Hunter Steward to a contract extension through the 2018 season Thursday.

The six-foot-six, 315-pound Steward was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 13.

Steward is entering his fifth season with the Lions. The 26-year-old Calgary native can play either guard or tackle and has appeared in 44 career CFL games.

“Hunter has the potential to be one of the anchors of our offensive line,” head coach Wally Buono said in a statement. “He is a talented player whose size and versatility make this signing a very important one heading into this season.”