Bombers special teams star Mike Miller stays in The Peg

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed Canadian fullback Mike Miller to a one-year contract extension for the 2021 season.

He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

The six-foot, 218-pound Miller returns to the Bombers for a fourth season after initially joining the team as a free agent in 2017.

A respected leader on and off the field, Miller is one of the Canadian Football League’s best special teams players and is coming off a stellar 2019 season with Winnipeg. He finished tied for first in special teams tackles with Kerfalla Exume with 25, and ranked second in the CFL, Toronto Argonauts defender Frank Beltre had 27.

In the process Miller moved past Bombers president Wade Miller into second place on the CFL’s all-time special teams tackles list with 185. He now trails former B.C. Lion Jason Arakgi, the all-time leader, who finished his career with 190 special teams tackles.

Miller was recognized for his efforts in 2019, selected to both the West Division and CFL Players’ Association all-star teams. He was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, finishing as the runner-up for the league award to Hamilton Tiger-Cats returner Frankie Williams. In addition, Miller was named the Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

During a win over Ottawa on July 5, Miller tied a CFL record with seven special teams tackles. That record is shared by seven players, including former Bomber Brendan Rogers, who first set the record in 1994.

Miller signed with the Bombers in 2017 after spending the first six years of his CFL career in Edmonton, first signing there as an undrafted free agent. He has not missed a single game in three seasons with Winnipeg and has 69 special teams tackles in 54 games with the Bombers.