Bombers extend reigning most outstanding defender Adam Bighill

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed linebacker Adam Bighill to a three-year contract extension through the 2021 season.

Bighill was a pending free agent.

“It was pretty well documented that going into this offseason, re-signing Adam was a very big priority for us,” Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement. “We were able to get discussions going and once we did, things moved well and I think both sides are comfortable with the agreement and excited about the future. Adam is a heck of a football player, a great leader, and we’re thrilled to keep him in Winnipeg.”

Bighill was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second time in his career following a 2018 season in which the 30-year-old led a turnaround on defence in Winnipeg. Bighill made 105 tackles, forced four fumbles, recorded four sacks and snagged two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.

After spending the first six seasons of his CFL career with the B.C. Lions, Bighill spent the 2017 season in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints waived Bighill last May and five days later the Bombers inked him to a one-year contract worth around $175,000.

Through seven CFL seasons, Bighill has played in 117 games making 594 tackles, 70 more special teams stops, 37 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 10 interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. Five times in seven years, Bighill has been named a CFL all-star.

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