The B.C. Lions have signed American offensive lineman Joel Figueroa to a contract extension.
Figueroa was eligible to become a free agent in February.
Since his arrival in B.C. during 2018 free agency, the six-foot-six, 320-pound Figueroa has been a regular at left tackle along the offensive line. Figueroa has started 34 games with the Lions and was named the team’s nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in each of his two seasons in British Columbia.
“I can’t wait to hit the field this season. We have a great chance to win with this group coach [Rick] Campbell and Neil McEvoy are putting together,” Figueroa said in a statement.
“This past year has been challenging for a lot of us but staying in the lower mainland and getting the chance to work out with a few of my teammates and o-line brothers has kept me motivated for when we get the green light to put on the pads.”
Figueroa previously spent two seasons (2016-2017) with the Edmonton Football Team, appearing in 33 games and making the switch to left tackle in 2017. He first broke into the CFL in 2013 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he played three seasons and helped the Ticats reach the Grey Cup on two occasions.
Prior to moving north, Figueroa enjoyed a productive five-year NCAA career with his hometown University of Miami Hurricanes. Highlights at ‘The U’ included his junior year where he helped the program gain over 5,000 yards of offence for just the eighth time in school history. Figueroa also took home the team’s Community Service Man of the Year award in 2010.