On the eve of training camp, Riders safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette retires

Canadian safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette has retired, per sources.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Brouillette as free agent in February, hoping he could serve as a starter at safety and give the team some much-needed ratio flexibility.

Drafted 23rd overall by Montreal in the 2010 CFL Draft, the 31-year-old Brouillette has played in 102 games and made 64 starts in his seven seasons with the Alouettes. He started all 18 games last season making 33 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and registering one interception while being named an East all-star.

Brouillette has a law degree and sources say he’s now going to pursue a legal career. He also has a history of concussions and once said he’d retire if he suffered another one.

The Montreal Carabins product received a signing bonus when he inked his deal with the Riders but sources say he is intending to return the money to the team.

The timing could certainly be better as the Riders are set to open training camp on Sunday in Saskatoon.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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71 Comments on On the eve of training camp, Riders safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette retires

  1. Rick cowan // May 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm //

    Well I think the Riders will sign Cauchy Mumba now he is a good Canadian safety good thing they signed Edam maybe the Riders will sign John Ojo now

  2. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm //

    Was this another Jones misstep or did Marc realize what a mess the organization was so decided to explore other opportunities?

  3. Lennywasout // May 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm //

    So where’s all the comments that Dunk is being negative and doesn’t like the Riders?
    Come on Sask fans, where you hiding? I need a good laugh today

  4. “What a mess the organization was”………LOL. Read the article.

  5. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

    I did read the article. Whats your point?

  6. Was this another Jones misstep or did Marc realize what a mess the organization was so decided to explore other opportunities?

    Mentally challenged agonist with no life strikes again.

  7. why not eric fraser?

  8. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm //

    Why would Jones sign a player and give a signing bonus when he is one hit away form retiring? How gracious of him to bale Jones out and give the bonus back. I hope the league makes this count against the cap.
    Does Jones even talk to guys before he signs them to see where there mindset and commitment level is?

    • Jones is a class act! Probably the most well liked and respected coach of all time Jacko

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm //

        REALLY!! Who says that? Shawn Lemon? O’dell Willis?

        • 3RD AND 1 // May 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm //

          Your obviously uniformed. Using Odel Willis as a name of a disgruntled player?? Willis admired Jones. In fact he tweeted at Christmas time 2015 that all he wanted for Xmas was his head coach back! Wake up man. Shawn Lemon is a head case!

      • ,,Patience // May 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm //

        I really don’t think so. He left most teams on bad terms. Like Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton. You could bet that Shamawd Chambers didn’t say that either. Or Kendial Lawrence. Or Darian Durant. Or Cappicotti. Or Shawn Lemon. Or Dave Dickenson. The list goes on and on. He is a classless act.

        • better get your facts straight Patience…Jones is very well liked by the players…and as far as the players that are on your list of haters I really doubt that…they are professionals and know this is a business

        • 3RD AND 1 // May 28, 2017 at 10:42 am //

          Jones never left Toronto or Edmonton on bad terms. Yes with Calgary he did. Why do people like you embellish so much. People post on here thinking their own opinions are fact. When Jones left Toronto to become head coach and assistant GM in Edmonton. Barker gave him his blessing. Jones was moving up from D-coordinator and assistant GM. The same thing happened in Edmonton. Jones was improving his head coach assistant GM and D-coordinator to GM, VP of football operations, head coach and D- coordinator. All though Ed Hervey offered Jones more money to stay in Edmonton. In the end Hervey couldn’t offer him the GM position. So he too completely understood him leaving. Only the fans in Edmonton were upset. Nothing more. Odell Willis tweeted a Month later how much he wanted his old coach back because he admired him.

  9. Jim Harvie // May 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm //

    Too bad he’s too classy to keep the signing bonus

  10. Judge Jones // May 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm //

    He should have signed up to the Price’s School of Retirement.

  11. Without knowing any details I think it’s kind of unfair to hang this on Jones. Brouillette is 31 years old, has played 7 seasons, taken some wicked hits and perhaps just doesn’t have the desire to play the game any longer. This situation has happened many times before with players just before training camp. He sounds like a class act who has just decided to turn the page on his football career and get started with his law career.

  12. SaskWatch // May 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm //

    Christ, what a bunch of fn vultures!

  13. Wow. First Cox now Brouillette. Tough on the DB’s. How many more FA’s on this year’s class will be around to finish the year?

  14. Rick cowan // May 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm //

    Why should the signing bonus go against the salary how would Jone’s no he was too retire stampland this proves you never say anything good about the Riders he is retiring to be a lawyer

    • SaskWatch // May 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm //

      I was just about to point the same thing out to mrhalfwitincognito.

      Guess Jones/Murphy are supposed to pour through media/social media archives BEFORE they sign FAs.

      Give me a break!

      • SaskWatch // May 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm //

        No one but Brouillette knew he was gonna retire.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm //

        It behooves them as GM and director of player personal to gain every ounce of knowledge they can about a player you are about to sign. It’s not just about on field performance it’s about gaining a grip on where they may be in their own lives as this could be an indication of their real intentions and mindset

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm //

      Jones signed him 3 months ago. Do you think his decision was just made today? Even if Jones had no idea the story still states he WOULD retire with 1 more concussion. Considering he has a concussion history why would Jones offer him a signing bonus in the first place? Doubt any other team would.

  15. Greenland // May 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm //

    What’s the big deal. He’s retiring to become a lawyer . Good on him. Nobody’s fault and no harm done. An opertunity for someone else to step up and take his place. To make this into something else just makes you look foolish.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm //

      You are all totally missing the issue here. No one is blaming him for wanting to retire and start a new career. This is about the decision of Jones to sign someone who was considering a career change and who stated he would retire if 1 more concussion occurred. Why did Jone make him such a priority and offer a signing bonus to someone with this stance?

  16. Good point stampland! It seams strange to me also. Go riders

  17. Scottsask // May 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm //

    Good thing he signed Edem, all of a sudden he’s much more valuable. What’s the word on Judge Horsieland?

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm //

      They need to get him signed. He’s already behind and his effectiveness this season is fading by the minute

  18. Ross Telford // May 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm //

    Which player in the league isn’t one hit away from retirement??

  19. Could it be that in the contract it states, if no games are played the signing bonus would be returned? Giving last year or would that be giving to much credit? Cox went to the NFL so not sure what your talking about Ew

    • Chopper // May 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm //

      Cox didn’t go to the NFL. He was released and banned from the CFL because he kicked the crap out of his GF in Regina. Pretty sure his career is done. He came to the CFL because no NFL team would touch him after his other two strikes down south.

  20. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm //

    Could it be that in the contract it states, if no games are played the signing bonus would be returned?

    Maybe but what if 1or2or3 or 4 games were played prior to another concussion? It’s too complicated. No bonus should have been given to a player in such a precarious position

  21. Scottsask // May 27, 2017 at 6:25 pm //

    Looks like we got some $ freed up to sign Judge.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 6:43 pm //

      could be Scottsask. but again Judge is really getting into next year country now.He’s a raw rookie player that needs work to be a pro. Missed his physical and will miss at least one day of camp. looks like a lost year for him now

  22. I guess it all depends on the amount, but good point. And to who ever said every one is one hit away? Good point but this is a little different

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm //

      Sorry Brent.It was another commenter who said “what player isn’t 1 hit away from retirement”

  23. Well all you rider hater just keep it up. I can see the green envy coming out in all of you. I’m just going to keep happily cheering for the riders and the cfl not needing to try and tear down other organizations to try and make myself feel more secure

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm //

      That’s not what its about GL..you will see the proper perspective soon I hope.

      • That is exactly what it is about for you. Your track record speaks for itself.

  24. More money to sign judge? So we don’t need to find a replacement for Marc? I don’t think it changes anything, the given amount of dough was offered I don’t think that will change

  25. Holy Crap! I think even stampland knows I’m 100% Riders. I Just don’t where the goggles.

  26. Riders13 // May 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm //

    After the Price swindle last year, it wouldn’t surprise me if Jones, Murphy and JO wised up and put conditions on the signing bonus. Classy move by MOB if not. Best of luck in his new career…seems to be a trend for athletes to retire young and save their health and brains. Seems probable that the Riders knew this was coming when they acquired Edem. And before jackass posts his fall back phrase where’s the proof…I’ll ask where’s the proof that there weren’t conditions on the signing bonus or that the Riders knew MOB was going to retire when they acquired Edem? lol

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm //

      Fine. I won’t argue. So lets say that condition was written into the contract, How would it work?How many games can he play before he’d have to give it back.

      • Riders13 // May 28, 2017 at 10:43 am //

        Who cares? It’s a moot point considering it’s been reported that he intends to return the bonus…for whatever reason. Can’t help yourself to try to create a mountain out of a mole hill. Do you have ANYTHING of value to add to this forum?

  27. Eden was probably signed with the understanding that he could be out on the first hit. So good on them there, but that also makes the signing bonus seam dumber. I mean 31 years old with multiple concussions.

  28. Wishing you health and happiness in your career after football Marc-O! It’s got to be tough to walk away due to any injury let alone multiple concussions.

  29. We got behind the 8 ball when Shea Emery got a concussion early in 2015 and we blew the ratio really for the whole year. Thank God we have rectified this situation before training camp even starts, dodged a bullet there. Seems the braintrust is actually starting to ramp it up. Judge and an import receiver to Eskimos for Franklin? Or is Mr Curling dreaming in technicolor?

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm //

      Interesting idea Mr Curling. I think Edmonton would consider Judge but might want a known backup QB in return like what Toronto has

  30. Omg go f#ck yourself stampland and worry about your own team

  31. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm //

    Hey Riderfans
    TSN 2 is showing a back to back Saskatchewan Roughrider season preview show right now.

  32. Scottsask // May 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm //


  33. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm //

    hey all joking aside its nice to see some cfl football even if it is a repeat from last year

  34. don’t get the Dyakowski trade, now we have too many Canadian O linemen and too Many receivers and not enough QB’s, we need a couple more moves

  35. I sense a big 4th quarter comeback here LOL.

  36. Sorry your right chopper, for some reason I was thinking Knox my dumbass mistake

  37. Exactly the Dyakowski trade makes 0 sense. Ah shit he will probably retire

  38. Do you really want to repeat last year stampland?

  39. Johnny Montréal // May 28, 2017 at 4:00 am //

    Johnny loves the gong show in Regina! Corky Jones and the Riderinos are a constant circus!

    Sucks to be a Rider fan…

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