Alouettes sign Jean-Samuel Blanc to two-year deal

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes have signed national defensive lineman Jean-Samuel Blanc to a new two-year contract, the team announced on Monday. Blanc was set to become a free agent on Tuesday.

The six-foot-one, 245-pounder will return for a fifth season with the Alouettes. In 15 games in 2018, he registered nine special teams tackles as well as four defensive tackles. In 63-career CFL games, all with Montreal, the 28-year-old made 38 special team tackles, two quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles. The Montreal native joined the Alouettes as a free agent in 2015 after spending his collegiate career with the Université de Montréal Carabins, with whom he won the Vanier Cup in 2014.

“Jean-Samuel is a young veteran on our team and has gained valuable experience with us, while also fitting in our system,” said Montreal Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “He has showed great progression over the seasons and we look forward to seeing him on the field next season.”

Blanc was obviously happy to remain with the Alouettes. “I absolutely wanted to stay with the Alouettes, it’s home here and I’m very happy that we have finalized this contract,” declared Blanc. ‘I have played four seasons with the team and I know that the best is yet to come, there is a lot of talent on our team and I can’t wait for us to demonstrate it on the field.”

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