Alouettes sign former Heisman winner Troy Smith

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Troy Smith passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during...

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Troy Smith passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter of their NFL football game in San Francisco, California in this 2010 file photo. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

The Montreal Alouettes are no doubt hoping quarterback Troy Smith has more success in the CFL than the last three Heisman Trophy winners who ventured north of the border.

The Alouettes signed Smith, who won the Heisman with Ohio State University in 2006, to a two-year contract Wednesday.

"We welcome Troy to the Alouettes," Montreal general manager/coach Jim Popp said. "We've been in discussions together for well over three months and have been patiently waiting for Troy to finish his commitments at Ohio State. We'll have to fast track Troy in order to get him over the learning curve of the CFL and caught up to speed over the next several weeks. He's here to learn and grasp the game for future competition."

The one-time NFLer -- he spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and one with the San Francisco 49ers -- has bounced around in the three years since. He last played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL but was on the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster for six months during the winter of 2012.

Former Heisman winners haven't had much luck in the CFL since Doug Flutie returned to the NFL. Andre Ware, Ricky Williams and Eric Crouch -- all of whom played with the Argos at one time -- had little impact during their brief CFL careers.


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