The BC Lions have taken steps to solidify their defensive unit by confirming the contract extension of Global linebacker Maxime Rouyer, maintaining his presence on the roster until the 2025 season. The announcement came ahead of Rouyer potentially entering the free agency pool in February.
Standing at six-foot-one and weighing 225 pounds, Rouyer is set to continue contributing to the Lions for his third consecutive season and his fifth in the Canadian Football League. During the 2023 campaign, he achieved seven tackles on special teams along with a notable tackle for a loss across 12 appearances.
Rouyer’s journey to the BC Lions began when the Edmonton team selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 European Draft. Over the course of two seasons with the team colloquially known as the Green and Gold, Rouyer played in 18 games before he embraced free agency and subsequently joined the Lions in September 2022.
In his return to the field with the Lions, Rouyer participated in eight regular-season matches and was notable for a forced fumble during a game against his former team in Edmonton on October 21. His performance not only showcased his on-field capabilities but also marked a meaningful contribution to the Lions’ defense.
Prior to his CFL career, Rouyer’s football roots were established at McGill University, where from 2015 to 2018 he gathered 103 total tackles and 4.5 sacks over the course of 23 games. His consistent performance at the university level proved to be a springboard for his professional career in the CFL.
Rouyer’s extension is a strategic move by the BC Lions as they look to maintain stability and experience within their special teams and defense as they head into future seasons. His track record with the team and his contributions on the field are likely factors in the decision to keep him in the Lions’ den for the foreseeable future.
For more updates on player signings and a comprehensive list of pending free agents for 2024, fans are encouraged to keep a close eye on CFL news and team announcements. The continued development of Global players like Rouyer in the league adds to the diverse talent pool, which is critical to the growth and international appeal of the CFL.
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