Adam Bighill’s new contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers makes him the highest paid defensive player in the CFL, per sources.

Bighill’s three-year contract extension will pay him a signing bonus of $105,000 included in $230,000 of hard money in the first season. There is a massive $750,000-plus in hard money over the length of the agreement.

The signing bonus cannot be paid until a new CBA is ratified under a decree set forth by the CFL.

Winnipeg signed Bighill to a one-year, $175,000 deal prior to the 2018 season. He anchored the Bombers in the middle while extinguishing any debate surrounding defensive coordinator Richie Hall. Under Bighill’s leadership, the Bombers allowed 375 offensive points, the second least in the league behind the Calgary’s 321, while forcing 49 takeaways, tied for the most in the CFL.

The 30-year-old made 105 tackles, forced four fumbles, recorded four sacks and snagged two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown during the 2018 season, earning Bighill the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award.

Bighill should be well worth the investment for Winnipeg.

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