Alouettes sign former Indianapolis Colt Dominic Rhodes

Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes rushes with the ball in the second half of his NFL...

Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes rushes with the ball in the second half of his NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif. Dec. 26, 2010. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)

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The Montreal Alouettes' ground game just got a little stronger.

The Als signed former Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes to a two-year contract Wednesday, less than two months after acquiring non-import rusher Jerome Messam in a deal with the Edmonton Eskimos. Messam ran for 1,057 yards with the Esks last year, the first Canadian to crack the 1,000-yard barrier.

Rhodes, a 10-year NFL veteran, ran for 113 yards and a touchdown to help the Colts beat the Chicago Bears to win Super Bowl XLI. He had a total of 3,286 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns during his NFL career with Indy, Oakland and Buffalo.

"Dominic will bring veteran competition to the position," Als general manager Jim Popp said. "We love his attitude, he's playing for the love of the game."

Rhodes has spent the last two seasons with the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He was named the UFL's MVP in 2011.

The Alouettes also announced the signing of cornerback Jordan Mabin to a two-year deal. Mabin spent two games on Montreal's practice roster before moving on to the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

"We welcome Jordan back," Popp said. "He is definitely going to be in competition for a job. He's a very well-rounded player."


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