Edmonton signs proven pass rusher Shawn Lemon

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The Edmonton Football Team has signed defensive end Shawn Lemon to a one-year contract for the 2021 season.

Lemon is a nine-year CFL veteran with 70 sacks and 22 forced fumbles over 107 games during his career.

The University of Akron product began his time in Canada with brief stints in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, before establishing himself with the Edmonton Football Team back in 2012. In that season, Lemon recorded six sacks in 12 games.

Lemon’s breakout CFL season occurred in 2014 as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. He recorded 13 sacks and eight forced fumbles that year and won the 102nd Grey Cup.

His performance drew interest from the NFL and Lemon spent the first half of 2015 as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers.

Lemon returned to the CFL mid way through the 2015 season, signing with the Ottawa RedBlacks. He would record six sacks in his abbreviated nine-game season.

Lemon was named a CFL East all-star in 2016 as a member of the Toronto Argonauts. During the season, he recorded 14 sacks, 22 defensive tackles, and four forced fumbles.

The 32-year-old has been a consistent threat to quarterbacks, recording seasons of 14, eight, 11, and nine sacks over the last four years split between the B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts.