November 15, 2019

Als, Khari Jones working towards long-term extension

MONTREAL — Just days removed from a loss in the Eastern Semi-Final, Montreal Alouettes president and CEO Patrick Boivin and interim head coach Khari Jones spoke to the media at an end-of-season press conference.

While many were expecting the two sides to have come to an agreement on a contract extension for Jones, they ultimately haven’t put pen to paper yet. However, they’re working om having it done in the near future.

“We have every expectation that Khari will be here next year and we’re working as if that’s the case,” Alouettes president and CEO Patrick Boivin said, adding that they are working on the final details of a new deal.

Jones was named the interim head coach less than a week before the team’s opening game of the season against the Edmonton Eskimos after the Als and Mike Sherman mutually agreed to part ways.

Following that, the Alouettes agreed to part ways with general manager Kavis Reed a month into the year, leaving Jones, assistant general manager of player personnel Joe Mack and director of football operations Patrick Donovan in charge of the day-to-day duties.

Boivin added that he is leaning on CFL legend Wally Buono as an advisor in the team’s search for a new general manager.

The Alouettes head into the offseason looking to improve following a season that saw them reach the postseason for the first time since 2014 and win at least 10 games for the first time since 2012. Next on the docket appears to be getting a long-term extension for Jones done. That should lay the groundwork for an offseason that will see the franchise add some new faces to an already talented roster.