- Free Agency
MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has re-signed local linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette to a new three-year deal.
The Montreal native, who had been eligible to become a free agent on February 15, is sticking with the only professional team he has known since first signing the Alouettes back in 2010.
Brouillette had a breakout year in 2013, establishing single-season personal bests in defensive tackles (31), sacks (6) and special teams tackles (6).
The versatile playmaker had a career outing on September 3, tallying six defensive stops and a pair of sacks in a winning effort against Toronto, on his way to earning the nod as the CFL’s Canadian Player of the Week.
“This is a huge signing for the organization,” said Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp.
“Marco has fast become one of the most versatile players in the CFL. He will always be in competition for a starting job but his value to the team is in his intelligence, leadership, and work ethic. He is a great role model and an employee that any business would be fortunate to have working for them.”
The 27-year-old had an equally solid start to the season ahead of his Week 10 outing, being crowned the CFL’s Canadian Player of the Month last August for the first time in his career.
A former QB collegiately with the Université de Montréal Carabins, Brouillette saw his playing time increase when fellow linebacker Kyries Hebert suffered a knee injury in Week 7 against Saskatchewan and proved once more to be an impact player.
The Alouettes’ third-round (23rd overall) draft pick in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft forced four fumbles last season which set up a pair of defensive touchdowns as teammates Jerald Brown and Shea Emry each recovered and returned one for a major, from 54 and 38 yards out respectively.
The fourth-year Alouette also played safety for much of his career with the Alouettes showcasing his versatility.
Brouillette, who was named the Alouettes’ Most Outstanding Rookie in 2010, has totaled 85 defensive tackles, 20 special teams tackles and seven sacks in his four seasons in Montreal.
He also scored his first CFL touchdown on a 72-yard run resulting from a fake punt on October 30, 2011 at home against Calgary.