Lions sign all-star defensive back Marcus Sayles to three-year deal

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Marcus Sayles (14) gets called for pass interference on this touchdown pass to Calgary Stampeders' Eric Rogers (4) during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg. (John Woods/CP)

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions have signed free agent defensive back Marcus Sayles to a three-year contract.

In 34 games over two seasons (2018-19) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the native of Alpharetta, Ga., recorded 136 tackles, six interceptions, five forced fumbles, two sacks plus a pair of defensive touchdowns.

Sayles, who was named a West Division all-star in 2019, had a team-leading six defensive tackles in the Bombers' victory over Hamilton in the 107th Grey Cup.

The five-foot-nine, 176-pound Sayles spent most of 2020 on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad after signing with the team last January.

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