The B.C. Lions are bringing back a familiar face, signing veteran kicker Sean Whyte to a one-year extension.
The White Rock, British Columbia native returns for his 15th CFL season and fifth as a member of the Lions.
Whyte had a stellar 2022 campaign, making 36 of 39 field goal attempts to lead the league with a 92.3 conversion percentage.
The Canadian kicker was also clutch in the playoffs, going four-for-four on his field goal attempts and converting all five convert attempts. He was also nearly perfect on coverts during the regular season, hitting 54 of his 55 attempts.
Whyte was the Lions’ nominee for the Tom Pate Memorial Award this past season. The award is given to the player who best demonstrates good sportsmanship while making significant contributions to his team, community and association.
Whyte spent his first two with the Lions before being dealt to the Montreal Alouettes in 2011. He then spent four years with the Als and was the East Division’s nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian in 2011.
The 37-year-old returned to B.C. ahead of the 2022 season after spending the previous six seasons in Edmonton, where he won the Grey Cup in 2015 and was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2019.
Whyte currently sits 13th on the CFL’s all-time scoring list with 1,734 points, having recently surpassed Noel Prefontaine. Calgary’s Rene Paredes (1,908 career points) remains the only active player higher on the list in 10th spot.
In 186 total regular season contests, Whyte has made good on 418 of 480 field goal tries (87.1 percent), is 423 of 437 on converts (96. 7 percent) and has also punted 715 times for an average of 42.6 yards.