The B.C. Lions have signed import all-star linebacker Adam Bighill to a contract extension.

The CFL all-star led the team with 104 tackles this past season and earned the club's nomination as outstanding defensive player.

"Adam demonstrated in 2012 that he is one of our league's rising stars and this is great news for fans of the B.C. Lions," vice-president of football operations Wally Buono said in a release. "He's got a playmaker's instincts and the kind of explosive quickness that makes him unique among his peers."

Bighill equalled the team record for tackles in a game (13) on Sept. 29 in Saskatchewan. He earned defensive player of the week honours on four occasions and was defensive player of the month for October.

"I am thrilled and excited to be signing this extension," Bighill said. "Two years ago, the Lions gave me an opportunity to play the game I love at the professional level and I'm very grateful knowing that I will remain with the Lions doing what I love to do in front of the CFL's best fans."

Bighill also notched a team-high seven tackles for a loss, 16 special-teams tackles, nine sacks and four interceptions.

Menawhile, veteran centre Angus Reid said he is leaning towards returning. Reid, who is recuperating from surgery on both hands and an elbow, said he has already spoken to Buono and a decision will be finalized in January.

"We want Angus back," said Buono.