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Monday, March 27, 2017


MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes have acquired all-star international offensive tackle Jovan Olafioye from the B.C. Lions for the rights to national offensive tackle David Foucault.

The Lions also receive international offensive tackle Vincent Brown, while the Alouettes will receive future considerations.

The six-foot-six, 325-pound Olafioye has been named a CFL all-star the past six seasons. The seven-year veteran was the league's top offensive lineman in 2012 and helped the Lions win the Grey Cup in 2011.

"It's not every day that you have the opportunity to acquire a player of Jovan's calibre, one who has performed at such a high level day in and day out, without ever missing a start,'' Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. "With this transaction we are addressing a pressing need that we had on the offensive line.

"Unfortunately, we had to trade away a player that we were looking forward to see in an Alouettes uniform to do so. We are very excited to welcome Jovan in the nest and are anxious to see him out on the field to protect a veteran quarterback such as Darian Durant, all while creating holes for running back Tyrell Sutton.''

Olafioye, a 29-year-old Detroit native, has made 126 consecutive starts since his CFL debut on July 4, 2010. He helped the Lions' offensive line finish atop the CFL for least sacks allowed in 2011 and 2012.

He was moved to the left tackle position last season and helped protect quarterback Jonathon Jennings, who threw for more than 5,000 yards, while allowing the Lions offence to amass over 2,000 rushing-yards.

The Alouettes selected Foucault fifth overall in the 2014 CFL draft. The 28-year-old then spent the following two seasons with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, playing five games with the team in 2014, including one start.

He was waived by Carolina during training camp last year after spending all but one week of the 2015 season on the Panthers' practice roster.

"Acquiring David allows us to possibly develop a plan to play four Canadians along the offensive line and perhaps more importantly, it ensures there is a depth of talent backing up each position,'' Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement. "He's a former first-round draft choice with two years of NFL development, so we expect him to come in and compete at a very high level.''

Brown, listed at 6-6 and 350 pounds, was originally signed by Montreal in 2015 during the CFL's annual practice roster expansion period.

He saw action in the Alouettes' season finale that year and also attended training camp with the club in 2016.



Anonymous said...

Montreal vs. Calgary - Grey Cup 2017 - Book it!

Anonymous said...

So who are the Als going to cut now? They were 500k over the cap before this trade. The countdown is on until Chip Cox is cut loose. 3, 2, 1 ....

Secret Agent.

Keith Pottruff said...

Maybe they will ask Darian to renegotiate to help out with the cap to accomodate him LOL! It sure seems like Kavis is working from the Brendan Taman GM playbook hoping that it's 2013 all over again. He should know the end of this dance. It ends in consequences.

Anonymous said...

How can you be over the cap when it isn't season...the riders are for sure over right now also so who are they cutting. Once it gets close to season teams will use the 6 game list and practice roster to dodge cap hit so use your brain smart guy

Anonymous said...

How the hell could you say the Riders are over the cap. That is nothing more than a knee jerk emotional comment. It has no substance and is seriously flawed. Jones has released or traded away just about every player that had a significant contract from the Durant, Chick, Dressler days. Jones has signed Kevin Glen and Duron Carter for close to the same money Durant was getting. D-lineman Cappacoti and Lemon who had contracts of 145 and 170 are gone. Owens signed for far less than he was getting in Hamilton. His age has played a huge roll in his contract price. Even QB Young signed for $120K
The 2 new Olineman were paid well as all all star olineman are. However an American Olineman is paid less than a Canadian. As is the case with one of Jones signings.
According to several sources the Riders are the healthiest team as far as cap space is concerned. After last years disaster on the field. I would hope so.
Also if your going to make big comments. Sign your name otherwise it isn't worth anything.

Reginald of Regina

Anonymous said...

Reginald; Every team is over the cap right now. They've got 80 or 90 players coming to camp. Cap concerns will have something to do with who gets cut and who stays on the roster.


Anonymous said...

You really need to look at all the signings you have had in the off season, like 15 guys signed in the off season and you forgot Jefferson which is a pretty penny plus Muamba. You probably have 10 receivers signed as of now also so you probably are over the cap but like I said if you could read and understand something is that guys will get cut it hidden in different spots to stay under and there really is no salary cap at this point because it's not in season play yet.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the riders roster bud before you yap about emotional comments just as yours is...mine is fact and proper overlook at reasons why teams are over and how they will work it in the system. The riders have 71 guys on there roster at this point and the cap is abouts 5 million which averages 70 grand a player more or very good chance they are over that cap at this point which means nothing cause of cuts and 6 game injury list and practice roster so use your head rather then swallowing the green look-aide

Anonymous said...

Teams don't look at their cap based on 70-80 players in camp. They have a depth chart and have a pretty good idea what the cap is based on their 46 man roster.

Here is an example: Before last season, the Riders were pushing 600k over the cap based on their projected 46 man depth chart. This was because of how Taman structured some contracts. Lots were backloaded with no plan to deal with them.

9 players over 200k for the 2016 season. CJ took care of that though.

Chick 260, DD 550, Dress 220. The contracts of Labatte and Clark were in the same boat coming into this year.

Weldon Brown, Macho Harris .... etc. Saddled the Riders with unreasonable contracts.

Chris Jones cam into a situation, looking at his projected 46 man unit for 2016 being over 600,000!!! This wasn't a secret either.

Believe it or don't Some of you live in a dream world. Taman and CC left this team in financial shambles that might take another whole season to fix.

Popp did the same thing to the Als. They still have a lot of work to do.

Secret Agent.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree with you on the 46 man roster salary cap...that is why I said there will be cuts, guys used on the 6 game IR and practice roster.

Anonymous said...

"Might take another whole season to fix?". Uh oh..... sounds like a Jones fan making excuses for this coming season already.

Jones doesnt have a clue what his 46 man roster will look like at this point. At the rate he cycles through players we'll be lucky to know that by mid season.