Back in the den: Lions sign star receiver Bryan Burnham to contract extension for 2022

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The B.C. Lions have signed star receiver Bryan Burnham to a contract extension for the 2022 season.

The 31-year-old Burnham first made the Leos as a raw, unknown commodity in 2014. Eight years later, Burnham sits in fifth spot on the Lions’ all-time list with 6,616 receiving yards to go along with 435 receptions and 38 touchdowns, averaging 15.2 yards per catch.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to stay with the only organization I’ve ever known,” said Burnham from his home in Tulsa.

“This is the best situation for my wife Aubrey and I to continue to be involved in the community. We also still have unfinished business in BC with the goal to bring the Grey Cup back to the West Coast.”

The six-foot-two, 205-pound pass catcher has been a CFL all-star in each of his last four seasons, Burnham eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark every year from 2016-2019 and racked up 965 yards in the shortened, 14-game campaign during 2021.

“Bryan epitomizes the type of players and people we want in our locker room, said co-general manager and head coach Rick Campbell.

“Beyond the ability to make great plays on the field, his work ethic and ability to lead by example in practices and games puts us in a position to be successful.”

Additional Bryan Burnham accolades:

  • 96 and 148: Burnham has recorded at least one reception in all 96 of his career games with the Lions with 148 of his total receptions being second down conversions 34 percent.
  • Led the CFL with 67 receptions in 2021 while finishing second to Winnipeg’s Kenny Lawler in receiving yards with 965.
  • Lions’ leader in receiving yards in each of the last four seasons and second to Lucky Whitehead with 14.4 yards per catch in 2021.
  • Lions’ team nominee for CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2019.
  • Along with the four CFL all-star selections, earned West Division all-star nods in each of the last five seasons.
  • Needs just 74 yards to catch Mervyn Fernandez for fourth on the Lions’ all-time list while 1,554 more yards will surpass his former teammate Emmanuel Arceneaux for third spot.