Lions ink Canadian LB Barnett through 2020

VANCOUVER — The BC Lions have signed national linebacker Mitch Barnett to a contract extension through the 2020 season, the team announced on Thursday. Barnett was set to become a free agent in February.

Joining the Lions in 2018, the UBC product enjoyed a productive first year in black and orange starting all 18 games on special teams notching nine tackles. The three-year vet has appeared in 47 career games after originally being drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2016.

“Mitch was a very solid addition to our special teams unit last season and we’re excited to have him back,” said GM Ed Hervey. “He is the type of player every team wants; smart, strong and coachable.”