The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that they have extended Canadian offensive lineman Justin Lawrence through 2025. Lawrence previously had 1 year left on his contract and is now signed with the Alouettes for the next 2 seasons.
“Justin has played an important role in protecting our quarterbacks. In his first year with us in 2023, he was a great fit on our offensive line,” stated Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia. “He understands our playbook well and our running backs have also achieved success thanks to his blocks. We are happy to have him back.”
Justin Lawrence started at center all 18 games as well as the 3 playoff games this past season for Montreal. Lawrence was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week 5 times this past season.
Montreal finished with the 2nd highest-ranked offensive line according to PFF in 2023. PFF gave Montreal the highest grade in pass protection and the 2nd highest grade in run-blocking over the regular season.
In 2022 Lawrence played in every game for the Toronto Argonauts. He started at center for the Argonauts in every game except for their final regular season game during which he was listed as a second-stringer to give him some rest ahead of the playoffs. Lawrence started in both playoff games for the double blue which saw their yearend winning the Grey Cup over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022. Lawrence was named a CFL All-Star in 2022.
Lawrence was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the 5th round of the 2018 CFL draft out of the University of Alberta. He played in 31 games with 11 starts with Calgary over 3 seasons before signing with the Toronto Argonauts. He won the Grey Cup with Calgary in 2018.
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