Key D-man back for Stamps

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders have locked up a key piece of their defensive unit.

The CFL club announced Tuesday morning that weak-side linebacker Malik Jackson has signed a contract extension with the club. The 25-year-old was entering his option year.

“I’m glad I could extend my stay in Calgary,” Jackson said in a statement. “This will be my third year here now, and I’m looking forward to making this city my home for years to come.

“It’s exciting to be back with the familiar faces we have in our locker-room, and it’s been a pleasure working with coaches like John Hufnagel and Chris Jones. I’m familiar with Jones’ system and am looking forward to getting after it again next season.”

Jackson started every game for the Stamps last summer, registering 61 tackles and a team-leading six tackles for a loss.

He also racked up six sacks, four knockdowns, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception and added seven tackles on special teams.

With Juwan Simpson and Keon Raymond also under contract for the upcoming campaign, the Stamps could return with the same linebacking corps as last season.

“Malik has been a solid contributor on our defence over the past two seasons, and I’m glad we were able to extend his contract,” Hufnagel said in a statement. “His great athleticism and speed allows him to play numerous positions for us on defence and also be a great asset on special teams.”

Archibald off to B.C.

Left tackle Ben Archibald is officially no longer with the Stampeders.

On Tuesday morning, the 2010 CFL most outstanding lineman signed a three-year deal with the B.C. Lions.

Archibald spent three seasons at McMahon Stadium but was due for a big raise after his award-winning campaign.

“Ben is an exceptional talent, and this is a very significant signing for the club,” said Lions GM/head coach Wally Buono in a statement.

“Opportunities to obtain the league’s top left tackle are rare at best, and securing this position was absolutely vital in our overall plan to improve our offence.”


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