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The Bear will be living in the Woods near Montreal for another 3 years!

From Als media. Alouettes stay strong on defence, sign Woods, Venable, Lavarias and Paxson to new deals!

Montreal, January 2, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the club has signed four of its defensive players to contract extensions. Linebackers Bear Woods (three years) and Winston Venable (one year) as well as defensive linemen Aaron Lavarias (two years) and Scott Paxson (two years) have all signed new deals with the club.

"These guys all have a passion and love for the game of football," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Woods (6'00", 245 lbs.) was a key contributor in defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe's squad last season where he was the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player finalist. After missing the team's first six outings in 2014, the 27 year-old athlete had an immediate impact when he returned to the roster and experienced his best career moments in the CFL. The Troy University product finished second in the league with 89 defensive tackles, including seven sacks.

"I always felt that if Bear could stay on the field for any amount of games, he could solidify the middle," declared Popp. "Last year he proved that he is a tremendous leader and a real force when healthy. The last twelve games last season where as good as anyone has manned the middle in the CFL over the last few years."

He was an integral part of a defence that lead the CFL with 47 turnovers. The international linebacker did not only excel at putting pressure, but also in coverage, picking off one pass this past season. The McClenny, FL native also forced two fumbles while playing on a regular basis on special teams where he made two other tackles. Woods kept going strong during the playoffs, where he recorded 21 defensive tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in only two games.

Venable (5'11", 220 lbs.) made an impact on the Alouettes' defence in only his second year, amassing 52 defensive tackles including a career-high of nine in a game against the Ottawa REDBLACKS on September 26. The 27-year old athlete recovered a league-high four fumbles, which he returned for a total of 59 yards while scoring a touchdown. He also recorded 14 special teams tackles. In the team's two playoff games last fall, the San Rafael, CA native made five defensive tackles and forced two fumbles.

"Winston was cut out for the CFL. He is very versatile and can play Will, Sam, Safety, and even DB in a pinch. His physical nature can't be taught," affirmed Popp.

Lavarias (6'3", 250 lbs.) has been an important part of the Alouettes defensive line throughout his two seasons with the club. Last year, in 14 games, the 26-year-old defensive end completed the season with 36 defensive tackles including five quarterback sacks, while recovering a fumble he returned for 30 yards before flipping the ball to teammate Chip Cox who crossed the goal line 55 yards later. During his two seasons with the Alouettes, the Woodinville, WA native registered 76 defensive tackles, including 11 sacks.

"He is a solid player with a real understanding of the game. His consistency and effort makes you want him on the field at all times," continued Popp.

Paxson (6'4", 292 lbs.) started 14 games at defensive tackle for the Alouettes last season, recording 11 defensive tackles and two sacks. The 32-year old also intercepted a pass, which he returned for two yards before handing it to Chip Cox who ran it the rest of the way for a touchdown. The Philadelphia, PA native and former Penn State Nittany Lion registered four defensive tackles in the team's two playoff games last November.

"He is a true professional and a team guy. He is always willing to do what is needed to have success. He is rock solid and accountable," concluded the Alouettes General Manager.

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From Als media. Alouettes keep Canadian talent home, sign Roy, Knowles and Zaleski.

Montreal, January 6, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed three of its national players to new contracts. Bryn Roy (two years), Jamahl Knowles (three years) and Jerod Zaleski (two years) have all agreed to new deals with the team.

"All three men are valuable players to us formulating our 44-man roster," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "They are all important special teams players and have answered the bell when called upon at their positions."

Roy (6'01'', 225 lbs.) will suit up for his fourth season in the Canadian Football League, all of them defending the Alouettes' colours. The 26-year-old linebacker from Dalemead, AB grew up in the ranks of the Montreal organization since he was selected in the fifth round (34th overall) of the 2012 CFL draft. The Texas A&M-Commerce University product was given more assignments and responsibilities as the season went on. He registered nine special teams tackles in 11 regular season contests.   

Knowles (5'10'', 185 lbs.) will start his third season with the Alouettes after joining the club as a free agent in June 2013. The Vancouver, BC native missed a good part of the season after being placed on the six-game injury list in September. In three contests last year, the 26-year-old defensive back collected two defensive tackles as well as three special teams tackles. He added one special teams tackle in the Eastern Semi-Final helping the Alouettes en route to a 50-17 victory over the Lions. Knowles played for the University of Calgary Dinos for four seasons during his college career, where he recorded 25 defensive tackles as well as three interceptions in his senior year, which earned him a West All-star selection. 

Jerod Zaleski (6'4'', 235 lbs.) is becoming an important member of the Alouettes' roster after showing some great versatility since his debut with the team in 2012. The 25-year-old fullback will start his third season in the CFL, all of them with Montreal. He remarkably substituted for long snapper Martin Bédard when a hand injury ended the latter's season. In only two season in the CFL, Zaleski has already took part in 27 regular season games.

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Report direct from Als media. A mix of experience and new blood for the Alouettes offensive line!
Montreal, January 8, 2014 - The 2014 CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman finalist Jeff Perrett has signed a three-year contract extension with the Montreal Alouettes, linking one of the League's best blockers to the team through the 2017 season, the club announced on Thursday.

Perrett (6'6", 330 lbs.) , who played all eight of his CFL seasons with Montreal, started all 18 contests for the Alouettes last season. He continued to highly contribute to the success of the Alouettes' offensive line that was once again dominant throughout the season allowing only 31 sacs - good for second fewest in the CFL - on 558 passes attempted. During the Alouettes' remarkable season turnaround, him and his teammates of the offensive line allowed only eight sacks in the team's final ten regular season outings. In addition to having been at the heart of the solid protection the offensive line gave to the club's four quarterbacks in 2014, Perrett helped pave the way for the team's running backs in participating to the effective running game throughout the campaign. In making key blocks at the line of scrimmage, the Alouettes third-round pick in 2008 (24th overall) supported Brandon Whitaker collecting an impressive total of 764 rushing yards on 169 runs. Whitaker was the CFL's rushing yards leader before injuring his foot on October 10.

"Jeff is not only an outstanding football player for our team, but he is also one of the most respected players in the locker room for his leadership and his infectious personality," declared Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "He is a very important part for us to retain in order to have continued success on the field and in the community."

The Alouettes veteran has been an example of consistency for coach Kris Sweet's unit. Perrett also helped Tyrell Sutton obtain his best performance of the season on November 2 against the Toronto Argonauts amassing 135 rushing yards and a touchdown in 23 runs. Sutton completed the season with an average of 5.2 yards per carry. The Alouettes completed the season with an average time of possession of 30:17 minutes per game. Since joining the Alouettes in 2007, Perrett has been a big piece on the Alouettes offensive line, which allowed the team to always show among the league leaders on offence, both in the passing and rushing categorie.

2011 draft pick Philip Blake joins Alouettes
The Alouettes also announced that the club has signed national offensive lineman Philip Blake to a three-year deal.

Blake (6'2", 311 lbs.) was drafted by the Alouettes in the third round (23rd total) of the 2011 CFL Canadian Draft. Blake returned to Baylor University for his senior season that fall, where he was named to the first team All-Big 12 after blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Following his three years at Baylor, where he started all 38 games, the 29-year old Toronto, ON native was drafted in the fourth round (108th total) by the Denver Broncos with a pick they obtained from the New York Jets in the Tim Tebow trade.

"Philip will bring versatility up and down the offensive line all while adding to the depth of our already solid, and only all-National offensive line in the CFL. We welcome Philip to the Alouettes and look forward in seeing him in action at training camp," said Popp.

After two seasons with the Broncos, Blake signed on with the Arizona Cardinals where he spent the 2013 season on the practice squad. During his college career, he started his first 12 games at right tackle before moving to centre for his last 26 games.

Prior to attending Baylor, Blake played for the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars in the Cegep AAA league of Quebec.

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Report direct from Als media. Tom Higgins nominated for CFL Coach of the Year award!
Montreal, January 7, 2015 - The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday the three nominees for the Annis Stukus Trophy handed out each year to the CFL's coach of the year, and Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins has been selected as one of the three finalists.

In his first season as the Alouettes head coach, Higgins guided his team to a historical comeback, as the team won eight of its last ten games to finish in second place of the East Division after starting the season with a 1-7 record. No other team in the League's rich history has ever finished the season with a record of ,500 after dropping six games below that bar. The Alouettes completed the season with a 9-9 record.

"Anytime you receive this type of nomination, it is a reflection of all the work the team and the organization has put in," said Higgins. "I am flattered to be nominated and I accept it on behalf of the entire Alouettes organization."

After qualifying for the playoffs, the Alouettes routed the BC Lions by a score of 50-17 in the Eastern Semi-Final before suffering a tough loss in a hard fought battle to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats the following week in the Eastern Final.

This marks Higgins' fourth Annis Stukus Trophy nomination, as he won the award in 2005 with the Calgary Stampeders and in 2003 after guiding the Edmonton Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship. He was also a finalist for the award in 2002. Higgins would become the fifth Alouettes head coach to win the Trophy, joining Marv Levy (1974), Charlie Taffe (1999 and 2000), Don Matthews (2002) and Marc Trestman (2009).

Chris Jones of the Edmonton Eskimos and John Hufnagel of the Calgary Stampeders are the other nominees for this award. The winner will be announced during a luncheon at the CFL Congress at the Winnipeg Delta on Wednesday, January 21.

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I like this signing! Great player! Report direct from Als media! Alouettes acquire four-time CFL all-star Fred Stamps!
Montreal, January 16, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the club has acquired international all-star slotback Fred Stamps in return for international receiver Kenny Stafford. The eight-year CFL veteran is coming to Montreal following an already highly productive career.

Stamps (6'00'', 188 lbs.) spent his entire CFL-career in an Edmonton Eskimos uniform. The New-Orleans, LA native made his way into the Eskimos' record book as he ranks third with 496 career-receptions as well as second all-time with 7,932 receiving yards.

"Fred Stamps has been one of the top receivers in the CFL over the last 5 years," declared Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "This addition adds strength, character, and another high-level performer to our solid receiving core."

In only 12 outings last season, the 33-year-old receiver recorded 545 receiving-yards on 33 catches, while scoring two touchdowns. He was named the Eskimos' most outstanding player in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In Montreal, he will join his former teammate with the Louisiana-Lafayette University Ragin' Cajuns, Kyries Hebert. 

From 2009 to 2013, Stamps registered five straight 1,000-plus receiving-yards seasons. That stellar streak allowed him to be named on the CFL's all-star team four times (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013). He topped the CFL in receiving yards in 2009 and 2013 with gains of 1,402 and 1,259 yards respectively.

Before making the leap into the CFL, Stamps had joined the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent in 2004. He also suited up for the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Report direct from Als media. Turk Schonert to call offensive plays in 2015!

Montreal, January 20, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has named Turk Schonert it's offensive coordinator for the 2015 season.

Schonert joined the Alouettes coaching staff as a consultant in July 2014, before being named the team's receiver coach a few weeks later.

Under his tutelage, receivers Duron Carter and S.J. Green finished the season on strong notes. Carter was named to the CFL's All-Star Team as he completed the season with 1,030 receiving yards on 75 catches, all while scoring seven touchdowns. For his part, Green caught 53 passes good for 835 yards. In the Eastern Final, he scored three touchdowns all while racking up 126 receiving yards. Schonert was also implicated with the offensive game planning.

"Turk played an important role in last season's turnaround and we are thrilled to have him back with us as this will allow us to have some consistency on offence," said Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins. "He has experience and is well liked by the players. We now have all the pieces of the puzzle in place and look forward to getting ready for what should be a promising season."

After playing for nine seasons in the NFL as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons from 1981 to 1989, Schonert joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a quarterbacks' coach in 1992. He later joined the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints before returning to the Bills in 2006 in the same position. Under his tutelage in Buffalo, quarterback Trent Edwards was the most productive rookie passer in the NFL in 2007. He was promoted to the team's offensive coordinator in 2008.

"I am excited to rejoin the Alouettes organization. I look forward to working with Tom Higgins again, as well as his staff and the players," said Schonert. "We will be committed to building on what we did as a team last season, as our quest to bring a championship back to Montreal fuels us."

Schonert, who was named the head coach of the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the United Football League in 2012, has over 15 years of coaching experience at the professional level.

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Report direct from Als media. Alouettes name Kavis Reed special teams coordinator.

Montreal, January 19, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that Kavis Reed has been appointed the club's new special teams coordinator.

Reed, who played five seasons in the CFL between 1995 and 1999, has 13 seasons of coaching experience North of the border, including three as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach from 2011 to 2013. In his first season as the Eskimos head coach, he led the team to an 11-7 season and a second place finish as well as a Western Final berth. The team had only won seven games the previous year and Reed was named a coach of the year finalist.

"It's an honour for me to join such a storied organization that has had so much success over the years," said Reed. "I look forward to working with Jim Popp, Tom Higgins, our coaches and all the players. This team showed a lot of promise last year and we will work hard to keep pushing in that same direction."

In 2010, Reed was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive coordinator and his unit was the best in the league against the pass and second best in total defence. The previous year, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach, helping the team reach the Grey Cup.

"Having Kavis on our coaching staff is a great addition for the Alouettes," declared Alouettes head coach, Tom Higgins. "He brings fire and passion to our team, as well as plenty of experience to our staff in place. All of our coaches are excited to get to work with him."

The Georgetown, SC native began his CFL coaching career as the Toronto Argonauts special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. Reed, who is now 41, then coached the defensive backs with the Ottawa Renegades (2002-2003) before becoming the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator (2004-2006). He was a defensive assistant coach with the Toronto Argonauts in 2007 before being named their defensive coordinator the following season.

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Listen now! New Als WR Fred Stamps on TSN 1260 Edmonton radio with Dave Jamieson.
The interview starts at about 6 min 30 sec mark.
http://www.tsn.ca/radio/edmonton-1260/dave-jamieson-show-jan-19-hour-1-1.186716
 
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Re:Updated Jan 28. Green! Bear in Woods,3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
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Report direct from Als media. S.J Green to remain an Alouette
Montreal, January 28, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that veteran receiver S.J. Green has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club, which will allow Alouettes fans to keep watching one of the most spectacular receivers in the CFL for years to come.

Green (6'03'', 220 lbs.) has once again been a true leader on the Alouettes' offence in 2014 in what was yet another productive season for the 29-year-old international receiver. Green concluded the season ranked seventh among the league's receivers, amassing 835 receiving yards on 53 catches as well as four touchdowns in only fifteen outings. The eight-year veteran had playoffs to remember saving one of his best career-performances against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton for the Eastern Division Final as he registered three touchdowns and 126 receiving yards. He tallied another touchdown a week before in a decisive 50-17 victory over the BC Lions in the Eastern Division Semi-final. As it's been the case throughout his career, Green multiplied spectacular catches all through last season and has showed what a fearsome offensive weapon he is, as well, all while developing good chemistry with quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

"S.J. is a true Alouette. He has proven that he is intelligent, dependable, tough, dynamic, and exciting. He is everything you are looking for in a player," said Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "We look forward to S.J. being a tremendous leader on and off the field, as we continue to chase excellence."

Green was named an Eastern Division All-star for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. A two-time Grey Cup champion in 2009 and 2010, the Fort Lauderdale, FL native was named to the CFL All-star in 2013, following what was his best season. That year, he collected 1,197 receiving yards while scoring 13 touchdowns on 83 receptions, which was the highest total in the league. The former University of South Florida Bull had previously recorded two other 1,000-yard campaigns in 2011 (1,147 yds.) and 2012 (1,111 yds.).

Green has been a constant fixture in the Alouettes offence over the past few seasons, including the last two where he has hooked up with six different quarterbacks.

During his eight-season career in the Canadian Football League, all of them defending the Alouettes' colours, Green shows an impressive total of 368 catches for 5,518 yards and 38 touchdowns in 92 regular season games.

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Re:Updated Jan 31. Green! Stamps!Bear in Woods!Lots of reports from Als media!
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Report direct from Als media. Alouettes complete 2015 coaching staff!

Montreal, January 29, 2015 - Montreal Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins, and his coaching staff met with members of the media on Thursday during a lunch meeting in the team's locker room at Olympic Stadium in order to introduce the offensive coaching staff for the next season.

The Alouettes coaching staff has also welcomed Chris Tormey as the linebackers coach, replacing Greg Quick, who was recently named defensive coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Tormey will have the chance to oversee some of the best linebackers in the CFL, including Chip Cox, Bear Woods, Kyries Hebert and Winston Venable. Tormey arrives in Montreal with over twenty years of caoching experience, he who was the head coach of the University of Idaho Vandals and the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.

Tom Higgins, Head Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Higgins is entering his 24th season as a CFL coach with additional years as an administrator. He began his CFL coaching career in 1985 as an assistant with the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to joining the Stampeders, he served three years on the coaching staff at the University of Calgary, working for Canadian Football Hall of Fame coach Peter Connellan and helping the Dinos win the 1983 Vanier Cup. He won the Grey Cup as a head coach with the Edmonton in Eskimos in 2003, earning the CFL's Coach of the Year Award that same season, as well as in 2005 as head coach of the Stampeders. Higgins was a significant component to the spectacular turnover the Alouettes had in the second half of the 2014 season.

Noel Thorpe, Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach (9th season with the Alouettes)
Thorpe is entering his third year as the Alouettes' defensive coordinator and is coming off a season in which he coached the defence, which led the league with 47 turnovers. In 2011 and 2012, Thorpe was part of the Université de Montréal coaching staff, spending his final season with the Carabins as the team's defensive coordinator, allowing the fewest points in the country with 102.
 
Turk Schonert, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Schonert began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992, where he was responsible for the quarterbacks. He subsequently joined the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints before returning with the Bills in 2006, in the same position. In July 2014, Schonert joined the coaching staff of the Alouettes as a consultant, before being appointed as the wide receivers coach a few weeks later. In this role last season, he saw his protégés Duron Carter and SJ Green finish the season strong, while Green finished the season with a harvest of 835 yards on 53 catches. In the final of the East, he scored three touchdowns in addition to harvest 126 receiving yards.

Kavis Reed, Special Teams Coordinator (1st season with Alouettes)
Reed, who played five seasons in the CFL between 1995 and 1999, has 13 seasons of coaching experience North of the border, including three as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach from 2011 to 2013. In his first season as the Eskimos head coach, he led the team to an 11-7 season and a second place finish as well as a Western Final berth. The team had only won seven games the previous year and Reed was named a coach of the year finalist.

Ryan Dinwiddie, Running Backs Coach (3rd season with the Alouettes)
After beginning his playing career with the Alouettes in 2005, Dinwiddie made his coaching debut in Montreal in the 2013 season as the club's quality control coach on offence. In his second season with the Alouettes, Dinwiddie climbed rapidly in the ranks of the offensive coaching staff playing an active role in the emergence of the team's young quarterback, Jonathan Crompton.

Anthony Calvillo, Receivers Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)
Following a stellar 20-year playing career in the CFL, Anthony Calvillo will make his coaching debut in 2015. The 42-year-old spent 16 years in Montreal where he established himself as the all-time professional football passing yards leader (79 816 yds) as well as the most career touchdown passes with 455. He also leads profesionnal football for most pass completions with 5892 passes. The three-time Grey Cup champion was named CFL's most outstanding player in 2003, 2008 and 2009.

Kris Sweet, Offensive Line Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Sweet is entering his second season with the Alouettes having previously coached in the CFL in the past, including as the Edmonton Eskimos' offensive line coach in 2013. He began his CFL coaching career in Calgary as the Stampeders' offensive line coach from 2007-2010, helping the team win the Grey Cup in 2008 over the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium. In Sweet's first season with the Stamps, the club led the CFL in both total offence and rushing offence. In 2012, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders' offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Keith Willis, Defensive Line Coach (3rd season with the Alouettes)
Willis returns to the Alouettes for a third season after contributing to Montreal's dominant defence in both 2013 and 2014. Under Willis' wing last year, defensive end John Bowman recorded 12 quarterback sacks, tied for fifth place in the CFL. Previously a defensive line coach for the North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2007 to 2012, Willis also enjoyed a long playing career as a defensive lineman himself before becoming a coach, spending 12 years in the NFL and recording 59 career quarterback sacks over 12 seasons, including 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chris Tormey, Linebackers Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)
Tormey joins the Alouettes with over 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA level. He was the head coach of the University of Idaho Vandals, his Alma Mater, from 1995 to 1999. In 1998, he led the Vandals to a 9-3 record good for first place in the Big West Conference. He subsequently led to the team to its first ever Bowl Game, which the Vandals won. More recently, he was the defensive coordinator at the University of Wyoming in 2012 and 2013.

André Bolduc, Offensive assistant (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Bolduc, a former Head Coach with the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or for five seasons from 2007 to 2011, returns to Montreal and to professional football as a coach for a second-straight year. He will help Anthony Calvillo with the receivers. After becoming the head coach of the Vert & Or in 2007, Bolduc led the team to its first playoff win in the school's history, as well as to the Dunsmore Cup final in 2010. The following season, he was named the Quebec Conference Coach of the Year after leading Sherbrooke to a 7-2 record. As a player, Bolduc played for the Ottawa Rough Riders and Edmonton Eskimos before landing in Montreal from 1998 to 2001, where he emerged as a leader and was named a special teams captain in 1999 and 2000.

Anwar Stewart, Defensive Quality Control Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Following a stellar 13-year playing career in the CFL, former defensive end Anwar Stewart made his coaching debut in 2014 after being named the club's new defensive quality control coach. In the 2013 season, Stewart rejoined the Alouettes roster after making eight Grey Cup appearances with the club between 2002 and 2011, winning a trio of championships in 2002, 2009 and 2010. The 37-year-old spent 10 years in Montreal and sits in second place in the club's all-time record book for career quarterback sacks with 66. The CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2004, Stewart was also named a CFL All-Star in 2004 and 2009.

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Re:Updated Feb 4! Green! Stamps!Bear in Woods!Lots of reports from Als media!
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Direct from Als media. Alouettes re-sign running back Brandon Rutley, add Jordan Hall to roster!
Montreal, February 3, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed international running back Brandon Rutley to a new two-year deal.

Rutley (5'11", 192 lbs.) proved last season that patience has its rewards, when he was activated for the Eastern Semifinal against the BC Lions, after spending most of the season on the team's practice roster. The 26-year-old tailback was evidently up to the task as he completed the game with 15 carries good for 98 yards, while scoring a touchdown. He also added 22 receiving yards on four catches to his day's work.

"Brandon is a solid person with talent, a great attitude and work ethic," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "It just goes to show his patience and maturity the way he handled waiting his turn and his ability to compete. We look forward to watching the competition in camp and Brandon competing for an every game roster spot."

During the Eastern Final, the former San Jose State University Spartan showed up once again, racking up 52 yards on 11 carries and 27 yards on three catches.

With the returns of Rutley, Brandon Whitaker and Tyrell Sutton, the Alouettes backfield will once again be a force to be reckoned with in 2015. The Tuscaloosa, AL native is also versatile, as he has returned 20 kicks for 437 yards during his CFL career.

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The team also announced it has signed international running back Jordan Hall to a three-year deal.

Hall (5'9", 191 lbs.) rushed for 1,568 yards on 305 carries while scoring 14 touchdowns during his college career with the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The Jeannette, PA native also made 36 catches good for 286 yards while adding four receiving-touchdowns. In 45 games with the Buckeyes, the 23-year old halfback racked up 3,486 all-purpose yards, which places him 12th all-time with the Buckeyes. He still owns the Ohio State record for kickoff return yards in a season with 683, which he established in 2011.

"Jordan Hall brings a triple effect factor," declared Popp. "He can run, flex out to the receiver position, and is an excellent kickoff returner. He will fit well in our system."

In 2014, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played the team's first three pre-season games.

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Direct from Als media. Alouettes ink veteran Jerald Brown to a new one-year contract!

Montreal, February 2, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that international defensive back Jerald Brown has agreed to a new one-year contract with the club. Brown will suit up for his seventh season as an Alouette after being elected a CFL East Division All-Star the past two seasons and a CFL All-Star in 2013.

Brown (5'11'', 185 lbs.) once again enjoyed a successful 2014 season with the Alouettes. A real leader within the team's defensive squad, Brown yet again showcased his abilities last year putting up great numbers. The 34-year-old veteran finished third on the team with 65 defensive tackles, including one sack, finishing behind teammates Bear Woods (89) and Chip Cox (73). Effective in all defensive coverages, Brown had four knockdowns during the seaso, while highly contributing to a defensive unit that lead the CFL with 47 turnovers. The former Glenville State University Pioneer also made one interception while returning four fumbles and forcing two.

"Jerald in an important cog in our defensive system and our team," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "Since his arrival seven years ago, he stepped into a starting role and has performed at a high level at one of the more difficult positions in the CFL. He has brought leadership, physicality, and a true professional work ethic on a daily basis."

Brown literally lifted his game up a notch in both playoff games. He had an amazing outing in the Eastern Semifinal against the BC Lions where he collected five defensive tackles and added an interception as well as a knockdown. Brown also rewrote the Alouettes' playoff record book with a 103-yard fumble return for the major. The Washington, DC native added five defensive tackles during the Eastern Final against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton a week later.

The Alouettes can expect stability on defence in 2015, as the club has also inked star linebackers Bear Woods and Chip Cox to new deals, as well as  Winston Venable, Aaron Lavarias and Scott Paxson.

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Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign former NFL Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton.

Montreal, February 6, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the team has added former NFL quarterback John Skelton to the roster. The former Arizona Cardinal pivot signed a two-year deal with the club.

Skelton (6'5", 258 lbs.) comes to Montreal following a brilliant career South of the border. The El Paso, TX native played for the Fordham University Rams for four seasons, racking up an impressive total of 9,923 passing yards while throwing 69 touchdown passes in 43 games. The 26-year-old quarterback also rushed for 565 yards and scored 14 rushing majors. Following his brilliant collegiate career, Skelton was selected in the fifth round (155th total) by the Cardinals in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The American pivot had his best moments at the professional level with the Cardinals. In three seasons in Arizona, he played 20 games, amassing 3,707 passing yards and throwing 15 touchdown passes. In 2011, he replaced an injured Kevin Kolb, leading the team to a 5-2 record as the starter. Before joining the Alouettes, Skelton also suited up for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans.

The Alouettes also announced that the club has released international quarterback Alex Brink.

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Report direct from Als media. Als sign cornerback Geoff Tisdale to a new one-year deal.

Montreal, February 10, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to a one-year contract extension with cornerback Geoff Tisdale, which locks down one of the most effective defensive players on the team. 

Tisdale (6'01'', 185 lbs.) once again experienced a remarkable season, being a central part of the Alouettes' defensive successes. The former Pittsburg State University Gorilla suited up for 16 games last season recording 39 defensive tackles, including a sack. After leading the CFL the previous year with an impressive total of seven interceptions, Tisdale showcased yet again his talent by notching five picks in 2014, which placed him third in the League.

His contributions helped the Alouettes defence lead the CFL with 47 turnovers in 2014. The consistency he has shown throughout the season allowed him to earn a second-straight selection on the East Division All-star team. His nine knockdowns in regular season proved his effectiveness in various defensive coverages. He added four defensive tackles and two knockdowns in the Eastern Final against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.

"Geoff has been one of the top corners in the CFL over the last two seasons," said Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "He has consistently been at the top in leading the CFL in interceptions and has great man skill abilities. We look forward to another successful year from Geoff in 2015."

The seven-year CFL veteran also wore the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Calgary Stampeders colours. The 28-year-old athlete was named a CFL All-star in his first season in Montreal in  2013. In 114 games in the CFL, Tisdale has amassed 291 defensive tackles, including three quarterback sacks as well as five special teams tackles. His 29 career-interceptions attest to how important he is for the team's defensive game planning.

The Alouettes have re-signed 16 of their potential free agents since the end of last season.

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Updated Feb 14. Lots of reports from Als media! Tisdale! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
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Report direct from Als media. Alouettes bring receiver Samuel Giguère home.
Montreal, February 12, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that national wide receiver Samuel Giguère has agreed to a one-year deal with the club.

Giguère (6'00'', 218 lbs.) played the last three season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Last season, the 29-year-old receiver amassed 520 receiving yards while scoring a touchdown. He maintained an impressive average of 12.7 yards on 41 catches in 16 regular season outings. In his three seasons with the Tiger-Cats, the Sherbrooke native cumulated 1,543 receiving yards and three touchdowns, maintaining a 13.3 yards per catch average on 116 receptions.

"We are very pleased that Samuel has decided to join us in Montreal," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "We are able to add a solid contributor on the field and bring home a Quebec patron. We are excited about the versatility that Samuel brings and look forward in integrating it into our offense."

Giguère had a memorable collegiate career with the Sherbrooke University Vert & Or as he earned the team's rookie of the year honour in 2005 as well as a nomination on the CIS first-team all-Canadian in 2007. Following his brilliant collegiate career, Giguère was selected in the first round (8th total) by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2008 CFL Canadian draft.

Before joining the CFL in 2012, Giguère was a member of the Indianapolis Colts for two seasons, suiting up for a game where he returned five kickoffs for 122 yards. He also spent one season on the New York Giants practice squad.

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