Gettin’ Biggie with it: reigning MODP Adam Bighill signs contract extension with Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed star linebacker Adam Bighill to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

He had been scheduled to become a free agent February 8. The five-foot-10, 219-pound Bighill returns for a fourth season with the Bombers and his 10th in the Canadian Football League.

One of the most decorated defenders in league history, Bighill’s 2021 season was one of his finest as he led the CFL’s stingiest defence with 70 tackles, added two quarterback sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries — one for a touchdown. In the playoffs, he registered eight tackles in the West Final and another five in the 108th Grey Cup.

His production and leadership earned him a spot on the CFL all-star team for a sixth time. It also saw him named the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the third time in his career after winning in his first season with Winnipeg in 2018 and in 2015 as a member of the B.C. Lions.

The three-time Grey Cup champion — 2019 and 2021 with the Bombers and 2011 with the Lions — Bighill has played in 146 games in his CFL career and ranks eighth in league history all-time in total tackles with 725.

In his three seasons as a member of the Blue Bombers, he has appeared in 47 regular season games making 236 tackles, 10 sacks, six interceptions, six fumble recoveries and scored two touchdowns.