Lions lock down cover man T.J. through the 2021 season

The B.C. Lions have signed defensive back T.J. Lee to a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Lee was eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 schedule.

 “This is where I want to be and I couldn’t be more excited to remain here in the future as we pursue our goal of winning some Grey Cups,” Lee said.

A native of Seattle, Lee was the Lions’ 2019 nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player after recording 72 total tackles to go along with four interceptions and a forced fumble.

“Having T.J. locked up for two more years is great for our defence as well as the overall continuity of our roster,” Lions general manager Ed Hervey said. “His production on the field and his veteran presence in the locker room are both invaluable traits for us.”

Lee’s most productive campaign in orange and black came in 2018 when he racked up 81 defensive tackles, three interceptions — one of which was returned 37 yards for a touchdown — and two forced fumbles. He was named a CFL all-star that season.

The Lions originally signed Lee before the 2014 season. He had previously spent four productive years at Eastern Washington University where he racked up 182 tackles, four interceptions and a school record seven forced fumbles while helping the Eagles win a D-1AA National Championship.

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