Als let McPherson, Bratton, Guy go

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 1/31/2013 9:10:00 PM

Some will say the handwriting was on the wall when GM Jim Popp dipped into the free agent pool early to sign Quinton Porter and Arland Bruce III.  But in the CFL, a world where you never say never, releasing 3 potential free agents more than 2 weeks before Free Agency was never a done deal.

The Alouettes have let veteran receiver Brian Bratton, kickreturner Trent Guy and backup quarterback Adrian McPherson go free. 

Bratton had an injury-plagued year after getting off to the best start of any Alouette receiver.  It was Bratton who very nearly hauled in a potentially game-tying pass from Anthony Calvillo in the final minute of the 2012 Eastern Final.

Guy won CFL Special Teams player of the Week honours 2 weeks in a row, highlighted by the longest touchdown in Alouettes history---129-yards on a missed field goal return.  But the former NFL returner struggled with injuries and confidence.

McPherson has patiently waited for opportunity to become a starter in the CFL and hinted before leaving Montreal that he would test free agency anyway.  McPherson recently told CJAD he had not "closed the door" on returning to Montreal, but was focused on finishing up his degree in Florida until his football future unfolded.

Bruce crowded out Bratton from the reciever corps and can also return kicks, though Bo bowling is still on the roster and 2 other prospects include David Clowney, a former Packer, Jet, Panther and Buffalo Bill as well as James Kirkendoll, former property of the Tennessee Titans.

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