January 30, 2024

Woods, Lions agree to two-year extension

Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

VANCOUVER — The BC Lions announced on Tuesday that American linebacker Josh Woods has signed a two-year extension with the team through 2025. He was eligible to become a free agent on February 13.

Woods, 26, enjoyed a career year in 2023 with 54 total tackles (45 defence, nine special teams), a pair of interceptions and one defensive touchdown while suiting up in all 18 regular season games for the first time in his career.

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The native of Ontario, CA originally signed with the team in October 2021 before suiting up in a pair of games to close out that season. Woods became a regular in the 2022 season, suiting up in 17 regular season games while registering 35 total tackles (23 defence, 12 special teams) and a pair of sacks.

In 31 games with the UCLA Bruins from 2015-2019, Woods racked up 111 combined tackles (69 solo, 42 assisted) 11.5 tackles for a loss, five-and-a-half sacks, two fumble recoveries, two pass knockdowns and an interception. Named second-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press in his senior season.

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