Two for the road: Lions re-sign Canadian DB Hakeem Johnson, LS Tanner Doll to end 2021

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The B.C. Lions re-signed a pair of Nationals to contract extensions this morning, wrapping up 2021 by retaining long snapper Tanner Doll and defensive back Hakeem Johnson.

Both players were eligible to become free agents on February 8th.

A reliable veteran who started all 14 games at long snapper in 2021, Doll brought his career total to 58 games played, while also recording six tackles on special teams. The St. Albert native will enter his third season with the Lions after suiting up in 26 contests split between Ottawa and Hamilton from 2016-18.

Johnson made big strides in his second pro season, appearing in all 14 games and earning a starting role at cornerback late in the campaign. Johnson recorded his first career interception in a 43-10 win over Edmonton on November 19th and finished 2021 with 12 defensive tackles. Hakeem was selected by the Lions 33rd overall in the fourth round of the 2019 CFL Draft.