The B.C. Lions have signed Canadian offensive lineman Michael Couture to a two-year contract.
A second-round selection by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2016 CFL Draft, Couture has appeared in 93 regular season games over six seasons with the team. He became the team’s starting centre at the start of the 2019 season and has been a steady presence throughout the team’s run of three straight Grey Cup appearances, though he was limited to seven games last season due to injury.
Couture was named to the 2021 CFL Players’ Association all-star team, an honour voted on by his opponents.
A native of Burnaby, B.C., the six-foot-four, 305-pound blocker played four seasons at Simon Fraser University, making 36 starts over that span. He showed great versatility during his career, spending time at four different positions on the offensive line, and was a Great Northwest Conference First Team All-Star at centre in 2014 and at tackle in 2015.
During Couture’s final collegiate season, SFU was coached by Kelly Bates, who now serves as offensive line coach with the Lions. The two will be reunited next season, with Couture expected to take over the starting centre spot from Peter Godber.