The Alouettes ink veteran Shawn Lemon

Montreal, July 24, 2023 – The Montreal Alouettes announced Monday that they have signed  defensive lineman Shawn Lemon. The 34-year-old registered 14 sacks with the Calgary Stampeders last season.

The former Akron University Zip ranks 15th in CFL history with 92 quarterback sacks.

Lemon (6’2″, 242 lbs.) amassed four knock downs and added five forced fumbles in 17 games with the Stamps last season.

In 2022, he was named to the CFL All-Star Team. The American won the Grey Cup with Calgary in 2014 and Toronto in 2017.

“Shawn is recognized as one of the best in his profession,” said Danny Maciocia, General Manager of the Montreal Alouettes. “We’re adding a player that is able to get to the quarterback. Other teams will have to watch him carefully.”

He has played in 135 career CFL games for Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and British Columbia.

He spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL in 2015.

The Montreal Alouettes also announced the signings of defensive lineman Marcus Valdez and offensive lineman Josh Donovan.

Valdez (6’1″, 243 lbs.)
played five years for the Boston College Eagles. In 57 games, he collected 70 solo tackles, 63 assisted, and two knockdowns, while recovering six fumbles and forcing five more. The Perth Amboy, N.J. native also added 13.5 sacks.

Donovan (6’6″, 330 lbs.)
played four years with the Arizona University Wildcats. In his senior year, the College Station, TX native helped the Wildcats sixth-ranked passing offense and 21st ranked total offense, averaging 30.8 points per game. Last April, he was invited to the Buffalo Bills minicamp.