In recent team updates, the Montreal Alouettes have secured key players for the upcoming seasons, ensuring that their roster continues to build on established strengths. The team has announced that American tackle Josh Donovan and linebacker Chris Moore, alongside National offensive lineman Jesse Gibbon, have each signed two-year contract extensions. Additionally, Global kicker Jose Maltos has re-signed with the team for a one-year term.
Josh Donovan, whose dimensions are 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, joined the Alouettes in July 2023 following a robust four-year tenure at Arizona University with the Wildcats. After spending the 2023 season on the practice roster, the 24-year-old is now set to bolster the Alouettes’ offensive line. Prior to his Montreal chapter, he was present at the Buffalo Bills’ rookie minicamp.
Linebacker Chris Moore, standing at 6 feet and weighing 210 pounds, had a presence on both defense and special teams for the Alouettes during the three games he played in 2023. His college career at Georgia State Panthers is marked by 62 solo tackles and 41 assisted tackles across 21 games, alongside notable defensive statistics including a sack, an interception, five knockdowns, and two fumbles forced. The 25-year-old athlete also gained professional experience with the Baltimore Ravens in 2022.
On the National front, offensive lineman Jesse Gibbon comes in at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, having participated in 17 regular-season games and one playoff contest for the Alouettes in 2023. The Hamilton, Ontario native joined Montreal in February 2023 after playing for Edmonton and spending three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He has the distinction of being the second overall selection in the 2019 CFL Draft by the Tiger-Cats.
Kicker Jose Maltos, measuring 5-foot-10 and 221 pounds, made contributions in two games for the Alouettes in 2023, successfully completing seven field goals and recording 610 yards on 10 kickoffs. The 32-year-old, originally from Mexico, became part of the CFL landscape when the Ottawa REDBLACKS selected him in the 2019 CFL-LFA Draft and has spent three seasons in Ottawa. Maltos brings additional experience to the team, having attended the New Orleans Saints training camp in 2013.
With the 2024 season on the horizon, these strategic contract extensions and signings are foundational moves for the Alouettes as they continue to shape a competitive and cohesive unit. Meanwhile, the CFL’s landscape continues to evolve, with the list of pending free agents for 2024 already making waves, and the Alouettes making additional roster moves by signing other talents to secure their position in the league.
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