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Mitchell returns to Lions

Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time CFL All-Star Khalif Mitchell is back with the BC Lions following a one-year departure, with the team announcing it has signed the standout defensive tackle to an undisclosed contract.

Mitchell played a key role in the Lions' run to the 2011 Grey Cup championship, compiling six sacks and 33 tackles to earn All-Star honors that season. He was traded to Toronto prior to the 2013 campaign and was once again named to the All-CFL team after leading the Argonauts with five sacks while recording 32 tackles in 16 games.

The Argonauts released the 29-year-old Virginia native in March, reportedly to allow Mitchell to pursue an opportunity with an NFL team.

"As I have said in the past, championships are won at the line of scrimmage and signing Khalif, who is one of the most dominant linemen in our league, will greatly strengthen our defense," said Lions vice president of football operations and general manager Wally Buono. "We're confident that he is prepared to do whatever it takes to make us a championship organization on and off the field."

Over five CFL seasons, Mitchell has logged 86 tackles and 13 sacks over 50 regular-season games, 33 of which have come with the Lions.

05/06 14:53:37 ET


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