The BC Lions Football Club today announced that international defensive back Ryan Phillips has agreed to terms on a contract extension through the 2017 season. Phillips was slated to enter the final year of a previous contract extension in 2016.
“Ryan continues to perform at a very high level and this is an important signing for the club,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono. “He’s an integral part of our team both as a defensive back and a leader away from the field. He still possesses the ability to change a game with one play and his experience is something we value tremendously when it comes to the development of our younger players.”
The 11-year veteran out of Eastern Washington started last season riding a 180 games-played streak before a hamstring injury forced him to the sidelines for three weeks. Ultimately appearing in 14 regular season tilts, Phillips notched six interceptions which tied him for the league lead in the category, including a 49-yard pick-six versus Toronto on July 24th to go along with 29 tackles and a pair of pass knockdowns. The lofty numbers also earned Ryan his fifth career West Division All-Star selection.
(BC Lions Football Club)
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that international quarterback Drew Tate has signed a contract extension. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
A nine-year CFL veteran who has spent the past seven seasons with the Red and White, Tate in 2015 dressed for all 18 regular-season games and both playoff contests. He started the final regular-season game and was 18-of-22 for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
“Drew has been an important contributor to our success over the years and I’m pleased that he has chosen to make this commitment to the club,” said Hufnagel. “Quality and depth at the quarterback position is very important in the CFL and Drew is a big part of that for us.”
After two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in which he did not see any game action, Tate signed with the Stampeders in 2009. In 111 career regular-season games for the Stamps, he has completed 353 of 529 passes (a 66.7-per cent completion rate) for 4,415 yards and 32 touchdowns. He has 157 career rushes for 609 yards and 24 touchdowns. In 2014, he led the CFL with 10 rushing touchdowns.
“This is a great city and a great organization and I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue my career with the Stamps,” said Tate. “I love playing with this group of guys and I look forward to the challenge of trying to get back to the Grey Cup.”