BC Lions defensive back Keynan Parker (20) gets knocked down in front of Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Tori Gurley to prevent a touchdown during second half CFL football action, in Toronto on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Chris Young
The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that national defensive back KeynanParker has re-signed with the Lions through the 2018 season. Parker was eligible to enter free agency in February.
“Keynan has developed into a versatile and gifted defensive back who we can count on to provide depth in our secondary,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono.
“Talented Canadian players are critical building blocks in a championship team and Keynan has demonstrated the ability to take on multiple duties on defense which makes this signing a big one for the club.”
“My whole career has been here so this is where I want to be and it’s great to have the opportunity to come back to BC,” said Parker.
“As a team, you can see where we’re going. It’s just a glimpse of what is going to come in 2017. There is a lot to be excited about.”
The BC native comes off a productive and effective 2016 campaign, dressing for all 18 regular season games as a special teams ace and reserve defensive back. Earning multiple starts when injuries struck the Lions’ secondary, he recorded a career-high 13 defensive stops and another three tackles on special teams.
“These last four years have really been a process for me growing. Last year I was putting it all together and I felt more comfortable,” added Parker.
Through four CFL campaigns, Keynan has made 69 appearances for the Leos and another five in postseason play collecting 15 defensive stops along with 46 career tackles on special teams.