Stampeders sign Mitchell to long-term deal

Bo Levi Mitchell (Nathan Denette/AP)

The Calgary Stampeders have locked up starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell through the 2018 season.

"Bo Levi has set the bar very high for himself after his performance last season but with his ability and determination," Stampeders coach and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. "I believe he has room to grow and improve even more.

"This signing provides stability for the team at a crucial position."

The new contract comes just over a ‎year after he signed his last extension with the Stampeders (was locked up through 2016 in January 2014). But now GM and coach John Hufnagel will not only give Mitchell a richer deal that’s comparative to the top quarterbacks in the league, but secure his services with the organization long-term.

The Stampeders are thrilled with Mitchell’s ability, his demeanour (“the thing about Bo is that nothing fazes him,” his offensive coordinator, Dave Dickenson, said last fall) and his progress.

Mitchell took over the starting job for good last season, in a career trajectory that began after going undrafted at the NFL level. He outlasted both Kevin Glenn and Drew Tate for the No. 1 job and in his first championship game last November in Vancouver, the native Texan was terrific.

At one point, Mitchell had ten straight completions in the 102nd Grey Cup, prompting Hufnagel to ‎say “no moment is too big for him.”

-With files from CP

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