Bombers extend veteran LS Mike Benson

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Canadian long-snapper Mike Benson, who was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Benson (five-foot-11, 225; Acadia University; born: May 13, 1987, in Winnipeg, MB) returns to the Blue Bombers for a second season with the club and ninth in the Canadian Football League in 2022.

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Benson’s first year with his hometown team was a memorable one, as he played an integral role a dominant season capped by victory in the 108th Grey Cup. The club’s long-snapper and a reserve linebacker, Benson played in all 14 regular-season games and both the Western Final and Grey Cup, capturing the first championship of his career.

Benson first joined the Blue Bombers as a free agent in February of 2021, following a career that began in Edmonton in 2013 and then took him to the BC Lions, where he played from 2014-2018, followed by a stop in Ottawa in 2019. He had signed with Montreal in 2020 but the cancellation of the CFL season that year made him a free agent again the following February.

A product of St. Paul’s High School and the Winnipeg Rifles program before he attended Acadia, Benson has appeared in 103 regular-season CFL games.

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