Lions sign international defensive back Steven Clarke to two-year contract

Lions sign defensive back Steven Clarke

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions have signed international defensive back Steven Clarke to a two-year contract that will team keep him in Vancouver through the 2018 season.

Clarke was eligible to enter free agency in February.

He had 48 defensive tackles through 16 games in 2015 before being granted early free agent status to pursue an NFL opportunity with the Tennessee Titans.

Steven returned to B.C. 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.

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

The Canadian Press