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Lions sign import OL Archibald

TSN.ca Staff

2/22/2011 1:08:00 PM

The BC Lions have signed import offensive lineman Ben Archibald.

The former Stampeder, who was the Canadian Football League's most outstanding lineman in 2010, anchored Calgary's offensive line that surrendered 30 sacks last season, the second fewest in the league, and finished first in rushing yards per game with 145.4.

"Ben is an exceptional talent and this is a very significant signing for the club," Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono said. "Opportunities to obtain the league's top left tackle are rare at best and securing this position was absolutely vital in our overall plan to improve our offence."

Archibald began his CFL career in 2008 as a member of the Stampeders and appeared in 48 games over three seasons.  Following his college career at Brigham Young, the Tacoma, Washington native also spent time on the practice roster of the San Francisco 49'ers followed by stints with NFL Europa's Amsterdam Admirals and the New Orleans Saints, where he appeared in six games during the 2005 season.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Lions," said Archibald. "The combination of young talent on offence and experienced veterans throughout the roster made this a very easy decision for me. Going into the latter stages of last season, it was recognized league-wide that the Lions are a team on the rise and I can't wait to get on the field and work towards bringing a Grey Cup home this season."