Montreal – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed veteran national offensive lineman Dominic Picard to a one-year deal.
Picard (6’2″, 310 lbs.) played ten seasons in the CFL, helping the Saskatchewan Roughriders win the Grey Cup in 2013. He also played for the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who selected him in the third round (23rd overall) of the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft. Last season, he started 14 games at centre for Winnipeg. The 33-year-old played 151 career-games in the CFL, starting 143 of them. He was voted the most outstanding offensive lineman of the Argonauts in 2011 and of the Roughriders in 2012 and 2014.
“We welcome Dominic home and to the Montreal Alouettes. His availability and passion to play in Montreal come at a time of need,” said Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp. “With the injury to Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, we obviously had some concern with depth at the centre position. Picard’s acquisition brings veteran leadership and experience to our talented offensive line.”
In the collegiate ranks, the Sainte-Foy, QC native played for the Université Laval Rouge et Or, winning the Vanier Cup twice. He was the recipient of the J.P. Metras trophy in 2005, awarded to the top offensive lineman in the country. He was named a CIS All-Canadian in 2004 and 2005. He was also voted the Quebec conference rookie of the year in 2002.
Dominic Picard talks about coming to play for the Montreal Alouettes.