Canadian LB Shayne Gauthier signs contract extension with Bombers for 2022

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed Canadian linebacker Shayne Gauthier to a one-year contract extension for the 2022 season.

He was scheduled to become a free agent on February 8. The five-foot-10, 223-pound Gauthier returns to the Bombers for a sixth season.

The 29-year-old posted career-best numbers in 2021 while working in a linebacker rotation in the Blue Bombers top-rated defence, finishing with 15 defensive tackles and adding nine more on special teams.

He was a fourth round, 28th overall selection by Winnipeg in the 2016 CFL Draft. Gauthier has suited up for 63 games with the Bombers over five years and has not missed a game in the previous two seasons.

Gauthier totalled 130 tackles during his four years at Laval University and was also a two-time Quebec Conference all-star while earning CIS second-team All-Canadian honours as a senior.