January 6, 2015

CanCon: Montreal extends three Canadians


MontrealAlouettes.com Staff

MONTREAL — 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 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 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 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.