February 13, 2014

FA14: McElveen makes his return to Montreal

CFL.ca Staff

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has signed import defensive lineman Jermaine McElveen to a new two-year deal.

McElveen is back in Montreal after spending the first four seasons of his CFL career with the Alouettes from 2008 to 2011. Over that span, the North Chicago, IL native appeared in a total of 52 games, racking up 78 defensive tackles — including 18 quarterback sacks — and a pair of interceptions.

“Jermaine is a character guy. He really cares,” explained Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp. “He’s a versatile defensive lineman who can play inside or outside, and who wants to be in Montreal. We want players who want to be Alouettes, so it’s an excellent fit.”

The 29-year-old also contributed on special teams, accruing seven special teams tackles and returning a kick early in his career with Montreal.

In four seasons with the Alouettes, the Alabama-Birmingham product appeared in three Grey Cups, helping Montreal win back-to-back in 2009 and in 2010.

A member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders most recently, McElveen becomes the second defending Grey Cup champion to sign back with Montreal in as many days, joining former teammate Diamond Ferri in returning to the Alouettes in that regard.