Alouettes hire 3 veteran free agents
Toronto Argonauts defensive end Ronald Flemons (99) sacks Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Quinton Porter (12) during first half CFL action in Toronto on Saturday June 18, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
Published Monday, January 21, 2013 2:11PM EST
Als fans will have to get accustomed to cheering for some longtime foes, as veteran CFL free agents Quinton Porter, Byron Parker and Arland Bruce all inked deals with the club Monday.
Porter, a 30-year-old who played Quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger Cats for the past few years, saw his role reduced in 2012 when Henry Burris was given the starting job.
Als fans might remember Porter’s 2008 effort in which he tossed 429-yards and five touchdown passes in a single game against Montreal.
Porter is expected to back up Anthony Calvillo, something he appears to be approaching with Zen-like acceptance, according to the Hamilton Spectator, which quoted him describing his departure from Hamilton in a reference to snowflakes.
“The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place. That’s a perfect quote to end my time in Hamilton,” he told the paper from his home in Maine.
Byron Parker, 31, played for the B.C. Lions in 2012 and was released last Friday. He is one of the top DBs in the CFL, according to Alouettes’ GM Jim Popp and has played nine years in the CFL with Toronto, Edmonton and B.C. and holds the CFL records for career interceptions returned for touchdowns with nine and interception return yards in a single season (348).
Arland Bruce, 34, is an established receiver who has topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark six times in his career and is a three-time CFL All Star.
Porter and Bruce signed three-year deals while Parker signed a two-year contract.