Canadian receiver Devon Bailey signs with Alouettes

Canadian receiver Devon Bailey has signed with the Montreal Alouettes, per sources.

The 25-year-old has been on the free agent market since February. Bailey was a first-round pick, sixth overall in the 2014 CFL draft. He spent three seasons in Edmonton playing in 39 games making 33 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns.

Bailey played university football at St. Francis Xavier and recorded 87 receptions for 1,160 yards and six touchdowns from 2010-2013.

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10 Comments on Canadian receiver Devon Bailey signs with Alouettes

  1. Stephen Fisher // April 20, 2017 at 11:58 am //

    Got to make Sam Giguère nervous.

  2. As a local, I thought Argos may have been interested. So far, like so many ‘skill’ players coming out of U Sports, has been rather underwhelming.

  3. Maybe he just needs a chance. He has the physical tools & good size but the issue the Eskimos apparently had with him is that he couldn’t play special teams so he had to be on the offence. True or not, with the Als receivers he may have the same problem there. But there certainly is potential & this could be a very good signing.

  4. Marc Lebut // April 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

    Bailey doesn’t come cheap for a guy who spent so much time on IR. I can’t get why the Alouettes gave him 84K$ when he still has so much to prove. Giguère won’t be nervous at all. He’s way ahead of Bailey, so far.

  5. Jimmy Breslin // April 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm //

    I feel there were better Canadian receivers who could also play specials they could have signed earlier in free agency. This is an odd move. Had Bailey been a valuable asset why would Edmonton not re-sign him ? A first round pick mistake that they now admit by letting go. Boy what does that say for what’s behind Giguère in Montreal in terms of National receivers. I’m with Marc here, Sam Giguère has no worries with this pick-up.

  6. The canadian WRs seem to be late bloomers if a team holds onto them long enough. He sure seems to have all the tools be be a very good receiver but he has to PRODUCE when given the opportunity.

  7. I agree with the above re receivers do take time before asserting themselves in the CFL. Even the great Terry Evanshen didn’t make the Als on forst try. They sent him to a American semi pro team to polish his skills.

  8. Might be time for the CFL to consider two salary caps – Canadians and ‘Internationals’. Right now the scarcity of Canadians drives up their price and makes it tougher to lure Americans (even though there are so many more of them). We’ve got to get another million or so of cap money available for good imports. I love our Canadian content; let’s just recognize that there are two separate player markets that need to be addressed.

    • Jimmy Breslin // April 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm //

      There will always be more players than spots available, be it Imports or Nationals, the NFL followed by the CFL are the super elite tip of a very crowded pyramid. The cap needs to be raised so that anyone good enough to be in our league, not just Internationals, can be paid a decent wage. Way smarter football brains that I have said it over and over; to win in the Canadian Football League you need the best Canadians. That’s part of the puzzle, the magic formula. The Redblacks who sometimes dressed 10-11 nationals ( only 7 are required ) demonstrated that verity once again.

  9. mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

    The sprinter?? Isn’t he a little old?

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