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Alouettes repatriate offensive-lineman Philippe Gagnon

The Montreal Alouettes signed Canadian offensive-lineman Philippe Gagnon to a one-year-deal, the CFL club announced on Thursday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gagnon, a 6-foot-4, 311-pounder, spent the 2019 season with the Ottawa Redblacks after playing his first three CFL seasons with the Alouettes. Drafted in the first round (No. 2 overall) by Montreal in 2016, the 27-year-old has played 45 career games in the CFL, including 36 as a starter.

“We are very happy to add a player of Philippe’s calibre to our roster,” Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia said. “His work ethic, his relentlessness and his toughness will be important assets on our offensive line, whose depth has just been greatly augmented.”

The native of L’Ancienne-Lorette played nine games with Ottawa, including eight as a starter. During his last season in Montreal in 2018, Gagnon was part of an offensive line that helped running-back Tyrell Sutton gain 843 rushing yards on 152 carries, while scoring five touchdowns.

The team also added American defensive-back Darius West to the roster on Thursday.

West, a 6-foot, 210-pound native of Lima, Ohio, played 36 games for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, recording 189 tackles, including five tackles for loss. He also knocked down five passes and made four interceptions.


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