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February 14, 2017

Lions re-sign defensive back Steven Clarke

The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that international defensive back Steven Clarke has signed a twoHamilton Tiger-Cats' Luke Tasker, left, is hit by B.C. Lions' Steven Clarke as he fails to make the reception during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday August 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck-year contract with the team keeping him in orange through the 2018 season. Clarke was eligible to enter free agency in February.

“Steven is a gifted defensive back who gives us valuable experience and stability in the secondary heading into 2017,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono.

Originally coming to the Leos during the CFL’s annual practice roster expansion period in 2014, the Vanderbilt University grad he made his BC debut in October that year. Following a 16-game, 48-defensive tackle season in 2015, he was granted early free agent status by the Lions to pursue an NFL opportunity with the Tennessee Titans.

Steven returned to BC just prior to training camp last year and made his 2016 debut in Week 5. He recorded 13 tackles, two knockdowns and a fumble recovery before suffering a season-ending injury in Calgary last August.