Alouettes sign pair of American linebackers

The Montreal Alouettes have signed American linebackers Jeremy Banks and Troy Brown to two-year contracts. Both players will attend training camp in Saint-Jérôme in May.

Banks (6’1, 224lbs) began his collegiate career as a running back for the Tennessee Volunteers but made the move to linebacker in 2019. He led the Volunteers in tackles during the 2021 season, with 128. He finished his NCAA career with 219 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions.

After not being selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, the 24-year-old signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May. He was released in June of 2023.

Brown (6’1, 220lbs) played the first 41 games of his college career (four seasons) at Central Michigan, where he totaled 215 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles. He was named to the All-MAC first-team three times.

He then transferred to Mississippi ahead of the 2022 season. In his lone year at Ole Miss, Brown led the team in tackles, with 93, and he added 2.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups in 13 games (12 starts).

The 24-year-old signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in May of 2023. He was waived in August of 2023.