Argonauts sign Johnny Sears Jr. to one-year contract extension

Toronto Argonauts linebacker Rico Murray, from left to right, defensive back Johnny Sears Jr. and defensive back Cassius Vaughn joke around for photographers during practice in Ottawa on Saturday, November 25, 2017. The Toronto Argonauts will play the Calgary Stampeders in the 105th Grey Cup. (Nathan Denette/CP)

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts signed defensive backs Jermaine Gabriel and Johnny Sears Jr. to one-year contract extensions through the 2018 season Tuesday.

Gabriel, 27, of Toronto, has played in 72 regular-season games with Toronto since being selected in second round, No. 17 overall, in the CFL draft. He appeared in 12 games last year — starting eight — and posted 25 tackles and one forced fumble.

Sears, 30, started seven games for Toronto last season. registering 28 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Sears, an American, has previous CFL experience with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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