Alouettes release veterans Boulay and Ferri
The Montreal Alouettes have announced that they have released non-import safety Étienne Boulay as well as import linebacker Diamond Ferri.
Boulay played six seasons for the Alouettes, racking up 127 defensive tackles, 43 special teams tackles and 11 career interceptions. Selected in the second round of the CFL Draft in 2006, Boulay went on to become rookie of the year finalist in the CFL that same year. The 28-year old Montreal native captured back-to-back Grey Cup Championships with the Alouettes in 2009 and in 2010.
Boulay says three teams have already expressed an interest in his services and he thanked the Alouettes and all his supporters. He also doesn't think the fact he missed most of last year with a concussion had anything to do with the Als letting him go.
Ferri finished fourth on the team for defensive tackles with 50 last season and recorded three sacks. The former product of Syracuse also led the team in kickoff return yards last year with 573. In his five years with the Alouettes, the 30-year-old recorded 240 defensive tackles and five interceptions which he returned for 55 yards. The linebacker also helped the Alouettes win the Grey Cup in 2009 and in 2010.