Lions keep Mitchell in fold

Khalif Mitchell celebrates after sacking Bombers QB Buck Pierce during Grey Cup action in Vancouver...

Khalif Mitchell celebrates after sacking Bombers QB Buck Pierce during Grey Cup action in Vancouver on Nov. 27, 2011. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency/Files)

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, Last Updated: 4:40 PM ET

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia Lions re-signed defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell on Monday. No terms of the deal were released.

"It's great news for our club, our fans and our league that Khalif has agreed to remain with the Lions," said general manager and vice-president of football operations Wally Buono. "Khalif is a great player on the field and a dynamic personality that many of our fans have grown to love."

The East Carolina product put together a solid 2011 by posting 33 tackles and six sacks for the defending champions en route to West Division All-Star recognition.

"It's a great feeling to know that I am returning to the organization that gave me an opportunity to develop into the player I am today," Mitchell said "There were choices out there, but in the end I want to be a Lion, I want to be part of this league and I want to spend more time in B.C. We have amazing players on both sides of the ball and a very good chance to repeat as champions."

The 26-year-old Virginia native was an undrafted free agent, signed by the 49ers in 2009 but released before the start of the 2010 season.

In a related roster move, the Lions released defensive back Tad Kornegay.


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