Alouettes won't let GM Jim Popp walk away

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp signed a three-year contract extension on Thursday, July 10,...

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp signed a three-year contract extension on Thursday, July 10, 2014. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

MONTREAL - When you look at the big picture, the kerfuffle that happened in the off-season when Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall chose Tom Higgins to be his head coach over Jim Popp wasn't really that big a deal.

The bottom line is the Alouettes couldn't afford to go on without Popp.

The only general manager the organization has known since it returned to the CFL in 1996 signed an extension Thursday for three more years, meaning he'll be with the team until the end of the 2017 campaign.

It looked for a while this off-season that Popp was ready to move on after getting passed over as head coach, but perception is often different than reality.

"I don't think there was a lot of doubt this was going to play out this way," Alouettes president and CEO Mark Weightman said Thursday during a press conference at a downtown Montreal hotel.


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