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Alouettes Sign Parker, Bruce III and Porter Staff

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Alouettes announced the signings of a trio of free agents Monday, adding quarterback Quinton Porter, defensive back Byron Parker as well as receiver Arland Bruce III to their roster.

Porter and Bruce signed three-year deals while Parker signed a two-year contract.

"We welcome Arland, Byron and Quinton to the Alouettes. We have added three solid professionals to our organization today," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Porter was an on-and-off starter with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats over five seasons starting in 2008. In 2012, the former Boston College grad was used sparingly while backing up QB Henry Burris, seeing action primarily in short yardage situations. During his tenure in Steeltown, Porter completed 358 of 562 passes (63.7%) for 4,095 yards with 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

"Quinton has been on my radar screen for sometime," said Popp. "We feel his potential can reach great heights and we look forward in getting him into the Alouettes system."

The Portland, ME native has shown his versatility over the years, rushing for 919 career yards and 15 touchdowns on 169 carries. The 30-year-old also threw for over 1,000 yards in his first two CFL seasons while sporting a completion rate of over 60 per cent on three separate occasions.

Parker returns to the CFL's East Division following a one-year stint with the B.C. Lions in 2012. Last year, the 31-year-old appeared in all 18 regular-season games for the Lions, recording 38 defensive tackles and one interception, which he returned for 37 yards. The Madisonville, KY native was acquired by the Alouettes as a free agent after the Lions released him last Friday.

"Byron comes in as one of the top DBs in the CFL over the last decade," declared Popp. "We welcome his leadership and ability to make big plays."
Parker is a nine-year CFL veteran, having tallied 236 career defensive tackles and 29 interceptions with Toronto, Edmonton and B.C. since 2005. Parker's breakout campaign came in 2011 when he recorded a career-best 50 defensive tackles.

Most of his success came during his seven seasons with the Argos where he was named a CFL All-Star in 2006, 2007 and 2011. He holds the CFL record for career interceptions returned for touchdowns (9) and interception return yards in a single season (348).

Bruce, has spent 11 seasons in the CFL with Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton and B.C. and has generated more than 10,000 receiving yards and 89 touchdowns. Last season saw the 34-year-old Olathe, KS native snag 43 passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns.

"Arland offers us a solid playmaker and legitimate game changer," said Popp. "He is one of those players that makes the other team a little nervous when he is on the field."

Bruce eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark six times in his career. He is a two-time Grey Cup winner (2004 and 2011) and was selected as a CFL All-Star in 2006, 2009, and 2010 while also being a five-time East Division All-Star.

Fan Comments
Als rule if you look up contradictory in the dictionary your name will appear on Webster's . Had any other team made these signings you would be kicking there back in. Smh........
January 23, 2013 - 3:40pm
Extremely happy to see Arland Bruce with my Als! Is there a salary cap problem? Was surprised to see that BC was able to have both Geroy and Arland. Understand Geroy will be forced to take a pay cut. Imagine Arland will have to do the same? Don't think Porter is Grey Cup material. Think Adrian has greater potential. One may go to Ottawa.
January 22, 2013 - 5:08pm
als rule
and you said what when hamilton cut calvillo and montreal picked him up? so how can you say porter isn't GC material?
January 23, 2013 - 3:04pm
I don't understand why Porter signed w/ the Als. He isn't going to get a chance to start all year for two years minimum. As for Bruce and Parker, both are good signings. Als are looking to add onto an already threatening receiving orp!
January 22, 2013 - 9:03am
Good question, I think he should go to Ottawa next year and pray that he will be a starter.
January 22, 2013 - 12:02pm
als rule
both of you have forgotten recent als history!! ham taught calvillo and now calvillo will teach porter!! LONG LIVE THE RED WHITE BLUE AND SILVER!!
January 22, 2013 - 1:32pm
Porter is the future...bahahahahahahaha
January 23, 2013 - 8:14pm
Popp the Genius. Signs a bunch of vets to shore up the Als for the upcoming season, look out Argos. Barker had better sign the free agents to compete against Montreal or fall back to last place as usual.
January 21, 2013 - 11:21pm
als rule
January 22, 2013 - 10:15am
I like parker and bruce, but lets face it a team full of old has beens.....just got older.This will guarantee Jones won't be the coach, as he is the reason parker wasn't re-signed last year.
January 21, 2013 - 8:18pm
als rule
we don't want our old DC jones to be our new head coach!! what we want is you to return to your usual last place position in the eastern standings!! LOL LOL LOL
January 22, 2013 - 10:13am
you still haven't caught on that first place means nothing......last 2 yrs argos 4 playoff wins, ALS ZERO LOLLOLLOL
January 23, 2013 - 8:13pm
Parker didn't have a good 2012 season, so does he still have game? Bruce probably still has some gas in the tank. Porter is a bit of a surprise since there will be no starting role for him here with AC still firmly entrenched. I thought he might land with a team that would give him a chance to compete for a starting job.
January 21, 2013 - 7:49pm
als rule
jealous? of course you are!!
January 22, 2013 - 10:07am
The Beast in the East are back. Another solid Receiver and another solid D-back. Barring injuries, and good recoveries from injured players, the beast is ready to raise it's ugly head again. Go Als!!!
January 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
als rule
als doing their h/work!!
January 21, 2013 - 9:53pm
als rule
SHOCKING!! BUT GREAT!! AWESOME MOVE BIG JIM POPP!! a QB released by hamilton and picked up by montreal why does that sound familiar? bye bye McPHERSON!! hello big play CB byron parker who when former als CB mark estelle was still playing where the 2 best CBs in the league 1A & 1B!! I never knew who was who as far as 1A & 1B they were/are that good!! now to mr. bruce!! now that he's on my team WELCOME ABOARD!! with bruce signed and bratton soon to be a free agent this may turn out to be a huge move even if bratton re-signs with the als!! thanx jim!! WHAT SAY YOU NOW MR TFmcb?
January 21, 2013 - 4:29pm
I'm a bit surprised that Porter signed with the Als where his role as a back-up is guaranteed with AC showing no signs of retiring. He will not have an opportunity to win the starting job that he really wants as he might have had with a couple of other teams. It will be interesting to see how Bruce and Parker get along.
January 21, 2013 - 2:21pm
als rule
TFmcb told you one day I would get porter in montreal BUT of course you never listen!!
January 21, 2013 - 9:52pm
wow something to brag about
January 23, 2013 - 8:11pm
Sometimes you don't want to be the first to write about a recent press release. Very happy to be the first on this release. Truly outstanding!!! I've liked this threesome for a while. Porter has potential, he will have to define potential. The attributes, tall, strong, big arm. Everybody knows the book on both Bruce and Parker. Bruce might be with another team before the season is over but if not, very solid. Ditto, Parker. Remember the injuries probably cost the Als a shot at the GC.
January 21, 2013 - 1:16pm
als rule
don't blame injuries for the als not going to the GC the last 2 years it was because of no DEFENCE!!
January 21, 2013 - 9:45pm
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