Alouettes de Montréal / Rogerio Barbosa
Montreal Alouettes general manager/head coach Jim Popp has been working hard to ensure that most of his 2014 roster resembles the 2013 version. Popp added another significant piece to the puzzle in re-signing linebacker/safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette to a new three-year contract.
“This is a huge signing for the organization,” said Popp. “Marco has fast become one of the most versatile players in the CFL. He will always be in competition for a starting job but his value to the team is in his intelligence, leadership, and work ethic. He is a great role model and an employee that any business would be fortunate to have working for them.”
Brouillette is a local product and has been focused on most of the marketing campaigns around the city. He played university football as a quarterback at the Universite de Montreal and had a breakout season in 2013 becoming the Als super sub on defence.
Brouillette had a career high 31 tackles along with six sacks and six special teams tackles. He played both outside linebacker and safety at different points in the season and also forced four fumbles.
The former third round pick in 2010 is 27 and is expected to battle for a starting spot on the defence, although a major factor in that will be whether the team brings back Shea Emry and/or Kyries Hebert. Team rookie of the year Mike Edem is the starting safety.
The advantage of Brouillette is the fact that he is a ratio changer. He can sub in for an American should an injury occur without the Alouettes missing a beat which he did for Kyries Hebert at times last year. He is also able to sub in for a Canadian without another Canadian needing to sit out for an American.