July 16, 2012

Toronto adds veteran defender Etienne Boulay

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts signed non-import defensive back Etienne Boulay on Monday, one month after he was released by the Montreal Alouettes.

A 28-year-old native of Montreal, Boulay became a fan favourite with the Als during his six-year tenure with the team, which included two Grey Cup championships to go with 127 defensive tackles and 11 interceptions.

He was forced out of action for most of last year with a concussion.

“It has been difficult”, Boulay told the Montreal Gazette Sunday night. “When I was released, a couple of teams called (almost immediately) and I hoped to get a deal done. But that wasn’t the case, and I had to stay motivated. It was hard when the season started.”

“A lot of teams had doubts about my head. I’m eager to get on the field and show I can hit”, he continued.

The former 16th overall CFL draft pick had 43 tackles on special teams with the Als, where he’ll be expected to play with the Argos.