B.C. Lions trade all-star Jovan Olafioye to Alouettes for David Foucault

The Montreal Alouettes have acquired all-star international offensive tackle Jovan Olafioye from the B.C. Lions for the rights to national offensive tackle David Foucault.

The Lions also receive international offensive tackle Vincent Brown, while the Alouettes will receive future considerations.

The six-foot-six, 325-pound Olafioye has been named a CFL all-star the past six seasons. The seven-year veteran was the league’s top offensive lineman in 2012 and helped the Lions win the Grey Cup in 2011.

“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to acquire a player of Jovan’s calibre, one who has performed at such a high level day in and day out, without ever missing a start,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. “With this transaction we are addressing a pressing need that we had on the offensive line.

“Unfortunately, we had to trade away a player that we were looking forward to see in an Alouettes uniform to do so. We are very excited to welcome Jovan in the nest and are anxious to see him out on the field to protect a veteran quarterback such as Darian Durant, all while creating holes for running back Tyrell Sutton.”

Olafioye, a 29-year-old Detroit native, has made 126 consecutive starts since his CFL debut on July 4, 2010. He helped the Lions’ offensive line finish atop the CFL for least sacks allowed in 2011 and 2012.

He was moved to the left tackle position last season and helped protect quarterback Jonathon Jennings, who threw for more than 5,000 yards, while allowing the Lions offence to amass over 2,000 rushing-yards.

The Alouettes selected Foucault fifth overall in the 2014 CFL draft. The 28-year-old then spent the following two seasons with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, playing five games with the team in 2014, including one start.

He was waived by Carolina during training camp last year after spending all but one week of the 2015 season on the Panthers’ practice roster.

“Acquiring David allows us to possibly develop a plan to play four Canadians along the offensive line and perhaps more importantly, it ensures there is a depth of talent backing up each position,” Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement. “He’s a former first-round draft choice with two years of NFL development, so we expect him to come in and compete at a very high level.”

Brown, listed at 6-6 and 350 pounds, was originally signed by Montreal in 2015 during the CFL’s annual practice roster expansion period.

He saw action in the Alouettes’ season finale that year and also attended training camp with the club in 2016.

– CP

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4 Comments on B.C. Lions trade all-star Jovan Olafioye to Alouettes for David Foucault

  1. Marc Lebut // March 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm //

    So, for one of the best OTs in CFL since 6 years, the Alouettes trade a 28 player who never played a single down in CFL, had ONE horrible start in NFL and was dressed for 5 games over 3 years. He didn’t see the football field last season. Hard to say this wasn’t cap related. Nevertheless, good trade by Reed. Brown didn’t make the team last season as he was pushed aside by Nate Isles. Isles is no longer with the team either.

    Foucault acted as he was insulted by the Alouettes when they didn’t want to give him starter money. It’s yet to see if he’ll get starter money in BC or wherever else he lands. This guy has averything to prove but he wants to be paid like he’s proven something in this league.

    Alouettes now have all the players to build a solid O line, and they don’t even need 2 international OTs to do it. Philip Blake can play OT more than decently, so they could play Olafyoye, Matte, Brodeur-Jourdain and Blake as starters on the O line, provided LBJ is fully healed up. Otherwise, Matte may play C and Gagnon can play G. I suspect Gagnon is a project at C position.

    All in all, Durant will be protected by one of the best OTs on his blind side, which gives the Alouettes better hopes for the 2017 season. They can’t be tossed as non competitors now.

  2. stampland // March 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm //

    Good trade by BC.Less good for Alouettes

  3. I agree stumpland , it will be interesting to see who Montreal will have to release ……. Adams

    • Marc Lebut // March 28, 2017 at 11:13 am //

      It was mentioned that Adams was part of the discussions in the beginning but this was a no go for the Alouettes. Same for Gagnon.

      Honestly, I ca’t see how this isn’t a good trade for the Alouettes unless Foucault reveals to be top notch. His national status would then be the difference between Olafyoye and him. Would be a good trade anyway as Foucault didn’t want to sign with the Alouettes unless he had starter money. Olafyoye is a proven vet, all star and going in his best years. Good trade for a sulking inflated ego.

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