Best of the West: B.C. Lions extend star Canadian receiver Lemar Durant

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The best national receiver in the West Division has signed a contract extension through 2022.

Lemar Durant has re-signed with the B.C. Lions following a standout 2019 season in which he made 57 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games, all of which were career highs.

“I’m excited to be staying in my hometown with this group that’s being assembled by (co-general managers) Neil McEvoy and coach (Rick) Campbell,” said Durant.

“With Mike Reilly also locked up, plus the other offensive weapons that are already in place, I can’t wait to return to the field and help this squad get to the next level.”

The native of Coquitlam, B.C. was originally selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the second round of the 2015 CFL Draft. He made 102 receptions for 1,280 yards and eight touchdowns over four seasons with the team and was named the Most Valuable Canadian of the 2018 Grey Cup.

Still just 28, Durant will look to build on a strong 2019 season as he continues to work toward his first 1,000-yard campaign.