Terry Ray is remaining with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Ray, a durable non-import defensive back, signed a contract extension with the club on Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Ray, 32, ranked sixth overall with 89 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions last season.

"Terry is a major talent whose abilities are respected by players and coaches around the CFL," Eskimos head coach Tom Higgins said on Thursday.

"He is the kind of player who can change the flow of the game and he's very hard to defend against."

Ray has earned all-star honours in each of his three CFL seasons.

In 2000, he posted career-highs in tackles (96) and sacks (4) with an interception and wound up the West Division nominee as Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Ray has 278 career tackles to his credit with 10 sacks and five interceptions.

He spent five seasons (1992-96) with the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots before joining the Eskimos on May 12, 1999.