Lions re-sign Jason Clermont
Wide receiver Jason Clermont could very well finish out his CFL career with the British Columbia Lions after signing a three-year deal.
In his sixth season with the club, the Regina native leads all Lions with 48 catches for 563 yards and three touchdowns. His reception total is good for fourth in the league.
"Jason is an outstanding football player and I am very pleased to have him extend with us," said Lions general manager and coach Wally Buono said in a statement. "In addition to being the kind of player our fans want to see, his leadership on the field and in our dressing room is what we build championships around."
Terms of the deal, which extend through the 2010 season were not announced. Scheduled to be a free agent at season's end, Clermont would have likely drawn interest from most teams, including Hamilton and his hometown.
Clermont told reporters staying put was his first choice.
"I love my role with this team," he said. "I love the group of quarterbacks we have here. Players often move around without really knowing the situation they're getting into."
This season, the 29-year-old veteran has helped provide stability for an offensive unit that has seen quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Buck Pierce give way to Jarious Jackson due to injuries.
B.C. (6-3-1)is second in the CFL West division and will host Toronto on Saturday (CBC, 10 p.m. ET).
Clermont was named the CFL's outstanding rookie after being drafted out of the University of Regina in 2002, finishing with 46 catches and six touchdowns.
His best statistical season came in 2004, when he amassed 83 catches for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns. In the playoffs he was named most valuable Canadian in the Grey Cup, where the Lions lost to Toronto.
Clermont tore ligaments in his knee early in the 2006 season. After missing seven games, he rebounded to finish with 44 catches, adding nine more for 98 yards in the postseason, which culminated with B.C. beating Montreal for the Grey Cup.
For his career, Clermont has caught 340 catches for 4,682 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Lions.