MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to a three-year contract extension with international running back Tyrell Sutton. The two-year CFL veteran will begin his third season with the team in 2015.
Sutton (5’8”, 213 lbs.) teamed up with Brandon Whitaker to form the most dynamic running back duo of the CFL last season. The former Northwestern University Wildcat experienced his best season with a total of 96 rushes good for 500 yards in only 12 contests. He also caught 15 passes for 190 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for gains of 212 yards. He showcased all of his talent on November 2, against the Toronto Argonauts in what was his best outing of the season where he recorded 135 rushing yards on 23 carries while scoring a touchdown. This sensational performance helped the Alouettes clinch a playoff spot for a 19th consecutive year. A foot injury in the last game of the season in Hamilton kept him out of the post-season.
“This is an important signing for the club today,” said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. “Tyrrell has been an intricate part of us solidifying playoff spots the last two seasons. Though he has only played a half season each year, he has become a solid, trustworthy part of our offence.”
In 24 games in the CFL, the 27-year-old running back amassed 842 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns on 151 carries. The Akron, OH native is a true double-threat weapon with gains of 346 passing yards on 29 catches. Sutton also spent time in the NFL playing for the Green Bay Packers, the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Alouettes in 2013. He suited up for 16 games with the Panthers where he amassed 139 rushing yards and maintained a 5.6 yard per run average.