Lions sign outstanding Canadian receiver Lemar Durant to contract extension

The B.C. Lions signed national receiver Lemar Durant to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.

The deal is worth nearly $200,000 in year one and $200,000 in the second, according to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.

“Lemar was a big addition to our team this past season and showed us the kind of upside we knew he was capable of if given a larger role within an offence,” general manager Ed Hervey said in a statement.

“Having him under contract for the next two seasons speaks to the environment we’re building here in BC and this is a great start to 2020.”

Durant set career-highs with 57 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns during 15 games in 2019. He became one of quarterback Mike Reilly’s primary targets and earned a team nomination as Most Outstanding Canadian.

A late-season foot injury resulted in an early end to the year, but the Simon Fraser University product is expected to be at full speed when training camp begins next May.

“It was great to return home this season and play in front of family and friends for an entire season,” Durant said in a statement.

“Knowing I’m going to be a Lion for two more years is an amazing feeling, but my focus is squarely on winning a championship.”

The 27-year-old was originally selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the second round, 18th overall during the 2015 CFL draft. Durant spent the first four seasons of his career with the Stamps, catching 102 passes for 1,280 yards and eight touchdowns in 51 games.

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