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January 17, 2023

Alouettes sign two defensive free agents

The Montreal Alouettes have signed linebacker Bryce Notree and defensive end Natrez Patrick to two-year deals.

Notree was a four-year starter at Southern Illinois University. During his senior season in 2021, he led the Salukis in tackles with 90. He also added four sacks and two interceptions during his final college season. Notree was named 2nd team All-MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference) in 2021.

Notree wasn’t selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. After attending the Washington Commanders’ rookie minicamp, he signed a contract with the team on May 16, 2022. He was released by the Commanders on Aug. 7, 2022.

Patrick was a four-year starter with the Georgia Bulldogs between 2015-2018. He racked up 160 total tackles (79 solo, 81 assisted), he made 14 tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks in 44 career games with the Bulldogs.

He wasn’t selected in 2019 NFL Draft, but he signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Apr. 29, 2019. Patrick split time on the Rams’ active and practice rosters in 2019 and 2020. He was waived by Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 2021.

He was eventually picked up by the Denver Broncos on Jan. 8, 2021. He was waived by Denver in June with an injury designation.

Patrick was signed by the Detroit Lions on May 16, 2022 and eventually released on July 28, 2022.