November 28, 2018

Lions extend Odell Willis through 2019

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VANCOUVER — The BC Lions announced Wednesday that international defensive end Odell Willis has agreed to terms on a contract for the 2019 season.

Willis joined the Leos by way of trade with the Ottawa REDBLACKS prior to the 2018 campaign and went on to appear in all 18 regular season games, notching 22 defensive stops and a team-high 11 sacks.

“Odell was a productive and important addition to our defence this year and securing his return for 2019 is excellent news for our team and our fans,” said GM Ed Hervey.

The 10-year CFL vet pushed his career totals to 173 regular season appearances with 240 defensive stops and 97 sacks.

“We obviously did not end the season the way wanted but from the beginning of the year through to the final week we really came together as a team,” said Willis. “I cannot wait to get back on the field next year and be a part of what Ed is putting together here in BC.”