March 15, 2013

Three more years: Als extend rush end Bowman Staff

MONTREAL — The Alouettes announced on Friday the signing of veteran import defensive end John Bowman to a new three-year deal with the team.

Bowman finished tied for the Alouettes team lead alongside teammate Shea Emry last season with seven sacks in only 15 games, bringing his career total to 60 – good for second on Montreal’s list of all-time sack leaders. The 30-year-old also recorded a career-best 37 defensive tackles in 2012 and helped secure a crucial victory for Montreal when he sacked Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant on the final play of the game in Week 16.

“John is and has been one of our hardest working players. He is as tough as they come and plays the game with passion. We look forward to his growing leadership with the team for the future,” explained Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Since first signing with Montreal in 2006, the two-time Grey Cup champion and three-time East Division All-Star has recorded over 30 defensive tackles in five consecutive seasons, starting from 2008.