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January 29, 2019

Als release Ekakitie, Burnett; sign three others

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes have parted ways with former first overall draft pick Faith Ekakitie and veteran Joe Burnett, the team announced on Monday.

Ekakitie missed the entire 2018 season with a torn Achilles. The defensive tackle signed with the Alouettes after his release from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who drafted him first overall in the 2017 CFL Draft.

The six-foot-one, 292-pounder played in 14 games in his rookie season with the Bombers and tallied five defensive tackles.

Burnett played just two games for the Alouettes in 2018. The defensive back tallied four defensive tackles and one interception.

Before joining Montreal, the five-foot-10, 180-pounder spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos (2012-2014) and Calgary Stampeders (2015-2017). Over his career, Burnett has collected 194 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, two sacks, 13 interceptions, four touchdowns and three forced fumbles.

The Alouettes also announced that the team has signed the following players to the roster:

Ryan Carter (I), CB, Clemson
Chris Lyles (I), DB, Mississippi College
Sheldon Price (I), CB, UCLA