Alouettes sign ex-NFLer amid flurry of activity

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

The last day before free agency saw several moves across the CFL, including Montreal’s signing of former NFL receiver Jerry Porter.

Porter spent eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders, where he played under Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, formerly a Raiders assistant.

During the 2002 season, Porter caught 51 passes for 688 yards as the Raiders reached the Super Bowl. In his nine NFL seasons, he scored 31 touchdowns.

The Alouettes also signed receiver/returner Rashaud Slaughter, re-signed running back Brandon Whitaker and released quarterback Chris Leak and Canadian D-lineman Shawn Mayne, who quickly signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

In Calgary, the Stampeders kept receiver Romby Bryant off the free agent market with a new deal, rewarding Bryant for a season that saw him record a career-high 77 receptions for 1,167 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns.

“This organization has been great to me since I got here and I’m glad to be coming back to Calgary,” Bryant, a former Winnipeg Blue Bomber, said in a statement.

The Bombers traded Bryant to Calgary during the 2009 season.

Toronto re-signed import defensive back Lin-J Shell, an East Division all-star a year ago.

paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca


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