The BC Lions Football Club wasted little time taking care of its biggest offseason priority as Solomon Elimimian has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the team through 2018. Elimimian, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for 2016 was set to become a free agent in February.
“Solomon’s achievements as a football player are significant and this is a very big signing for our club,” said Wally Buono. “He is an important part of our defence, a leader in our dressing room and I know how important it is for our fans to have Solomon back with us.”
The only player in the history of the CFL to win three different major player awards and its only exclusively defensive player to earn a Most Outstanding Player Award as he did in 2014, Elimimian’s resume already reads like a likely hall of fame candidate.
A three-time CFL All-Star and a four-time West Division selection, Elimimian is on the cusp of franchise history heading into next season. His 575 career tackles put him just 12 defensive stops behind Dante Marsh’s all-time team mark of 587 while his combined total of 605 stops (including special teams tackles) places him just behind Marsh’s 609.
Elimimian first came to the Lions as a free agent signing in May of 2010 and made an immediate impact north of the border: his 77 defensive tackles and 11 sacks paved the way for a CFL Most Outstanding Rookie nod. He returned to the Leos following a brief NFL stops with the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns in 2012.