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Montreal Alouettes Sign 3 Players, Extend 2, Release 2

The Montreal Alouettes announced the signing of 3 players on Monday. They have signed American defensive back Christian Morgan, Canadian running back Tanner Nelmes, and Canadian offensive lineman Matthew Hajewich. The Alouettes announced on Tuesday that they extended the contract of long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa and offensive lineman Pier Oliveir Lestage.

The Alouettes also announced the release of wide receiver Kameron Brown and linebacker Chris Moore on Monday.

DB Christian Morgan – Baylor (24 y/o, 6’0, 200 lbs)

Christian Morgan played in 5 seasons with Balor appearing in 56 games with 27 starts from 2018 through 2022. He recorded 110 solo tackles, 52 assisted tackles, 7 interceptions, and 2 sacks with the program. In his final year, he had 48 total tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, a sack, and a forced fumble.

Morgan was Second Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2022. Pro Football Focus had him as the 13th-highest-graded safety in run defense in the FBS in 2022.

Morgan was brought into the Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp as an undrafted free agent in 2023.

RB Tanner Nelmes – Wilifrid Laurier (23 y/o, 6’0, 215 lbs)

Tanner Nelmes played for Wilfrid Laurier. Over his 4 season career, he rushed 226 times for 1,266 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and 9 touchdowns. He was an All-Canadian Academic in 2021 and 2022. 

Nelmes performed a 4.72-second 40-yard dash, a 7.03-second 3-cone drill, and a 4.19-second 3-cone drill at the CFL Invitational Combine this past offseason. He also did 22 reps on the bench press (225 lbs), a 32.5-inch vertical, and a 9’6” broad jump.

OL Matthew Hajewich – Regina (25 y/o, 6’3, 304 lbs)

Matthew Hajewich played 2 seasons with the Regina Rams. He started in every game for the Rams this past season. He was named All-Canadian Academic in his rookie season.

Hajewich participated in the CFL Invitational Combine this past offseason where he ran a 5.52-second 40-yard dash, an 8.13-second 3-cone drill, and a 4.87-second short shuttle drill. He also performed 17 reps on the bench, a 26.5-inch vertical, and an 8’1” broad jump.

OL Pier-Olivier Lestage – Montreal (26 y/o, 6’3, 310 lbs)

“I’ve known Louis-Philippe and Pier-Olivier since their college years, and they are exactly the kind of players who fit into our culture,” stated Alouettes General Manager Danny Maciocia. “These two athletes have won wherever they’ve been, and they will be greatly beneficial both in the locker room and on the field.”

Pier-Olivier Lestage was extended by the Alouettes through the 2025 season on Tuesday.

He played in 3 seasons with the Montreal Carabins. He was named RSEQ First Team and Second Team All-Canadian in 2019.

Lestage joined the Alouettes as a second-round draft pick (10th overall) in the 2021 CFL Draft. He joined Montreal for the 2022 season as he was with the Seattle Seahawks through their 2021 training camp and preseason.

In 2021 he joined the Alouettes midway through the season and played his first 5 games listed as the second-string left guard before moving to being the starting left guard in the final 6 regular season games and both playoff games that year. He started every game at left guard this past season that he played in although he was on the 1-game injured list for the Alouettes 3 playoff games. He had the 6th highest pass-blocking grade by Pro Football Focus this past season.

LS Louis-Philippe Bourassa – Montreal (32 y/o, 6’3, 232 lbs)

Louis-Philippe Bourassa was extended by the Alouettes through the 2026 season on Tuesday. He joined the CFL as a 4th-round draft pick with the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2017. He played in 75 games for the RedBlacks before joining Montreal for the 2023 season. Last year he played in every regular season game as well as all 3 playoff games.

He won the Vanier Cup with the Montreal Carabins in 2014 which was coached by Danny Maciocia.

WR Kameron Brown – Coastal Carolina (27 y/o, 6’3, 210 lbs)

Brown was previously signed by the Alouettes in January prior to his release earlier this week.

He played in 34 games with Charleston Southern from 2016 to 2018 where he recorded 98 catches for 1,656 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was named First Team All-Big South Conference twice while with Charleston Southern.

Brown played for Coastal Carolina in 2020 and 2021. He recorded 45 receptions for 911 yards and 8 touchdowns over 25 games with 14 starts with the program.

He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2022 although he was waived in August.

LB Chris Moore – Georgia State (25 y/o, 6’0, 210 lbs)

The Alouettes had brought Chris Moore into the organization partway through the season last year. He spent the 12 games on the practice roster including the playoffs. He dressed in 3 games as a second-string linebacker during the regular season.

Moore played for Virginia from 2016 to 2019. He recorded 97 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, and an interception over 32 games. He played for Georgia State in 2020 and 2021 where he made 104 total tackles, a sack, and an interception.

He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2022 although he was released within a few weeks of the signing.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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