The Toronto Argonauts have signed linebacker Bear Woods to a one-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

“Bear is a veteran leader on and off the field and a player that has been one of the best at his position,” Argos GM Jim Popp said in a statement. “He was integral in helping us win a Grey Cup championship in 2017, the ultimate player, and we couldn’t be happier to have him healthy and ready to go in 2019.”

The 32-year-old played just four games due to injury in 2018 making 29 tackles.

Woods started 17 games for the Argos and led the team with 91 tackles in 2017, adding four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and five quarterback pressures.

Woods was signed as a free agent by the Argos on May 31, 2017, after being released by the Montreal Alouettes. In six seasons with the Als, Woods was twice selected as a CFL All-Star and was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2014 and 2016.

Despite his age, Woods, if healthy, can be an impactful leader.

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