Alouettes de Montréal / Rogerio Barbosa
The Montreal Alouettes continued their busy off-season with the re-signing of two non-import defensive players, Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter. Both deals are for three years.
Townsend, 28, was the Alouettes Most Oustanding Special Teams player in 2013. He led the team with 16 special teams tackles despite missing five games due to personal reasons. Townsend played CIS Football with the Windsor Lancers.
“Daryl has fast become one of the best special teams players in the league,” explained Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp in a press release. “He is a good person and works hard to make sure that he is prepared to help his team week in and week out. He is always ready to fill in where needed.”
Michael Carter was the sixth defensive back for the Alouettes last season, often replacing starters who needed a break or were injured and adds the versatility of playing several positions in the secondary.
Carter was active for 17 of the team’s 18 regular season games last season. He had eight defensive tackles and contributed seven on special teams. Carter played college football at Maryland and was subject of one of the strangest stories of the 2013 season, when he was accidentally released.
“Michael has continued to grow with our team each year,” Popp said. “He is competitive and strives to be a major contributor each week. Mike is starting to come into his own.”
The Alouettes work is not done yet as they still have several big name players – including Shea Emry, Josh Bourke and Kyries Hebert – set to become free agents on February 15.