Big in BC: Hulking tackle Micah Johnson inks one-year deal with Lions

SURREY — One of the biggest names on the free agency board has been claimed.

Micah Johnson,’s eighth-ranked pending free agent, has signed a deal with the BC Lions.

“We are thrilled to get a player of Micah’s calibre here with the BC Lions,”said GM Ed Hervey. “His track record as one of this league’s most dominant defensive players will make our entire team better.”

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Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Micah Johnson celebrates a defensive stop. (Matt Smith/

With the Riders last season, his first year with a team not named the Calgary Stampeders, the 31-year-old, collected 26 defensive tackles and four sacks in 15 games. The six-foot-two, 278-pounder signed with Saskatchewan as a free agent in 2019.

Before joining Riderville, Johnson spent six seasons with the Stampeders. In 96 career games, he has amassed 184 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, 45 sacks, two interceptions and six forced fumbles.

He’s a two-time Grey Cup champion, bringing home the league’s biggest prize in 2014 and 2018 with the Stamps. Johnson has also earned West Division and CFL All-Star honours on three occasions (2016, 2017, 2018)