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Lions give Shell, Taylor contract extensions

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - The British Columbia Lions signed defensive back Lin-J Shell and defensive tackle Eric Taylor to contract extensions on Wednesday.

"I expect both Eric and Lin-J to be key contributors to our defence this season," said Lions head coach Mike Benevides. "We've made a few changes in our secondary and along the defensive line which not only affect their respective roles but also our expectations moving forward."

Taylor appeared in 15 games last season, and totaled 21 tackles with four sacks. He was part of a defensive corps which helped the Lions take home the Grey Cup in 2011.

Shell, who came to BC as a free agent prior to last season, picked up 31 tackles while participating in all 18 games in 2012.

04/24 19:15:38 ET