MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has acquired international offensive lineman Brian Simmons from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for international defensive back Ethan Davis.
Simmons (6’05”, 317 lbs.) suited up for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Edmonton Eskimos and will enter his seventh season in the CFL. The 31-year-old giant has been a starter for all 71 regular season games he played in the CFL. He was named on the East Division All-Star team in 2014. He was also crowned with the Tiger-Cats’ Most Outstanding lineman honour that same season.
“Brian brings a lot of experience with him to Montreal and we foresee that he will be able to keep performing at a high level. His size and his capacity to play different positions on the offensive line are important assets for us,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed.
The Oklahoma University product started four playoff games with the Tiger-Cats on top of two-consecutive Grey Cup appearances in 2013 and 2014. The Raleigh, NC native signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent and attended the team’s 2010 training camp.