B.C. Lions sign ratio-breaking defensive lineman David Menard to contract extension

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Another member of the B.C. Lions has returned to the den as the team inked Canadian defensive lineman David Menard to a contract extension. According to 3DownNation‘s John Hodge, it is a two-year extension through 2024.

The 32-year-old enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2022, recording a career-high and team-leading nine sacks, while also registering 17 defensive tackles and one forced fumble. He played in all 18 regular season games also added one tackle and one sack in B.C.’s West Semi-Final win over the Calgary Stampeders.

The Chicoutimi, Que. native was a fourth-round pick, 32nd overall, by the Lions in the 2014 CFL Draft out of the Université de Montréal. Menard has played in 126 games over eight seasons in the league and has registered 87 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, 35 sacks, and six forced fumbles.

The six-foot-one, 259-pound pass rusher spent the 2021 season with the Montreal Alouettes where he recorded 18 tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles while playing in all 14 games. He was voted as the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian, ultimately losing the award to current teammate Bo Lokombo.