Argos lock up Eiben

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

The Argonauts have taken one of their potential free agents off the market.

Linebacker Kevin Eiben has been signed to a three-year extension through the 2011 season, the CFL club announced today.

"It's great to be back in Toronto for three more years," Eiben said. "I've really enjoyed the past eight seasons with the Argonauts and I'm looking forward to getting back in the hunt for another Grey Cup championship."

A three-time league all-star, Eiben could have become a free agent on Feb. 16, when those eligible for free agency can start to test the open waters. Five other Argos -- running back/special teams whiz Dominique Dorsey, defensive back Willie Pile, defensive end Ronald Flemons, linebacker Michael Fletcher and defensive back Adrian Mayes -- are bound to become free agents unless they are signed before the middle of next month.

Eiben is one of two Argos, along with Bobby Kuntz, to twice earn the Lew Hayman Award as the East Division's outstanding Canadian.

"We're thrilled to have Kevin continue to be a valued member of the Double Blue defence," Argos general manager Adam Rita said. "We expect him to grow in his leadership role in the 2009 season and on."

Rita is hoping to re-sign Dorsey, Pile and Flemons, but Fletcher and Mayes likely will be cut loose.


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