The Alouettes have a new quarterback

The Alouettes have a new quarterback

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Quarterback Cody Fajardo will now lead the Montreal Alouettes' attack.  

Tuesday, during the opening of the free agent market in the Canadian Football League (CFL), the organization announced that it has offered the 30-year-old athlete a two-year contract.

Fajardo has been playing in the CFL since the 2016 campaign and worked for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the past three seasons. In 2022, he played 17 games, completed 282 of 401 passes he attempted for 3,360 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was also the victim of 13 interceptions. The newcomer is also able to run with the ball. He amassed 357 yards and eight majors with his legs last year.

The American will reconnect with Jason Maas in Montreal. The new Alouettes head coach has been the Roughriders offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

“Montreal was at the top of my list, especially after the announcement of the hiring of Jason Maas,” Fajardo said in a live broadcast on the Alouettes' Facebook account. We have a very good working relationship. […] I know what he can build up front. I also look forward to working with Anthony Calvillo. I think he can help me become a better quarterback.”

The “Als” had to find a new starter after Trevor Harris decided to join the Saskatchewan team , who also took advantage of his autonomy.

Also, the Alouettes brought in quarterback Caleb Evans to assist Fajardo. The Texan has spent the past two years with the Ottawa Redblacks. The 24-year-old notably scored 16 rushing touchdowns last year. Davis Alexander, who was the third quarterback in Montreal last year, signed a contract extension.

A center

To protect Fajardo, general manager Maciocia reportedly hired center Justin Lawrence. According to 3DownNation, the offensive lineman signed a two-year contract with the Montreal organization.

The Edmonton native played last season with the Toronto Argonauts, after having played three campaigns in the uniform of the Calgary Stampeders. The 26-year-old Lawrence was named to the East Division All-Star Team last year. The 6-foot, 300-pound man won the Gray Cup twice in four CFL seasons. He was a fifth-round pick (39th overall) of the Stampeders in the 2018 draft.

Other additions on offense

Wide receiver Greg Ellingson is also coming to Montreal. The 34-year-old veteran signed a one-year contract with the “Als”. He will wear a fifth uniform in the CFL, having worked for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013 to 2014), the Rouge et Noir (2015 to 2018), the Elks (2019 to 2021) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2022). ).

Ellingson has already been a teammate of Fajardo for two seasons in Edmonton. Last year, he put his hands on 38 balls for 598 yards and three touchdowns.

Fullback James Tuck, 32, is back with the Alouettes, having played for the club between 2014 and 2016.

Finally, the specialist in long discounts Louis-Philippe Bourassa left the Rouge et Noir after five seasons in the federal capital to join the “Sparrows”. The product of the Carabins of the University of Montreal comes to compensate for the loss of Pierre-Luc Caron, who recently announced his retirement.