Lions re-sign star receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux

 

 
 
 
 
Emmanuel Arceneaux celebrates an overtime game-winning touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a July 10 CFL game at BC Place Stadium.
 

Emmanuel Arceneaux celebrates an overtime game-winning touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a July 10 CFL game at BC Place Stadium.

Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions recommitted to a key part of their offence on Thursday, announcing that wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux has been re-signed in a deal that will keep the 28-year-old pass catcher with the Leos through the 2017 season.

"Manny is an important part of our offence and leader in our dressing room," general manager and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement. "This is a critical signing for the club heading into next season and I know our fans will be very happy to see him remain with the Lions."

Arceneaux, who was poised to become a free agent in February, led the Lions with 1,151 receiving yards last season on 76 receptions, earning his first CFL All-Star nod.

"There was only one place I wanted to play and that's in B.C. for Wally and Lions fans," Arceneaux said in a statement from his off-season home in Louisiana. "We're going to be back in a big way in 2016 and I can't wait to get started."

Arceneaux has spent five seasons in the CFL in addition to stints with three NFL teams since 2009, and is 87 yards shy of 5,000 in his career north of the border.

This is the second significant contract renewal for the 2015 7-11 Lions this week, having re-signed Canadian offensive lineman Kirby Fabien on Tuesday, also a two-year deal.

 
 
 
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Emmanuel Arceneaux celebrates an overtime game-winning touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a July 10 CFL game at BC Place Stadium.
 

Emmanuel Arceneaux celebrates an overtime game-winning touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a July 10 CFL game at BC Place Stadium.

Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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