Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Lions Agree to Extension with Veteran Defensive Back Phillips

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Lions Agree to Extension with Veteran Defensive Back Phillips

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Lions agree to extension with Phillips

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VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions have agreed on a contract extension with defensive back Ryan Phillips through the 2017 season.

Philips, an 11-year veteran, was scheduled to enter the final year of his previous contract this season.

"Ryan continues to perform at a very high level and this is an important signing for the club," Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono said Thursday in a statement. "He's an integral part of our team both as a veteran defensive back and a leader away from the field.

"He still possesses the ability to change a game with one play and his experience is something we value tremendously when it comes to the development of our younger players."

Phillips appeared in 14 games last season and his six interceptions left him tied for the CFL lead. …

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