CFL sources say the Montreal Alouettes asked Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge to take a pay cut and released him when he refused. Bridge also declined to take a practice roster spot.
His release was first reported by RDS’s Didier Orméjuste.
The 24-year-old Toronto native was taken by Montreal in the fourth round of the 2015 CFL Draft and dressed in 14 games over two seasons. He started the final game of 2015 for the Alouettes, going 21 of 30 for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-24 loss to Saskatchewan.
The Alouettes currently have veteran starter Kevin Glenn as well as back up Rakeem Cato. Rookie Vernon Adams, acquired when Montreal sent a first round pick to B.C. in May, is set to come off the six-game injured list.
The six-foot-four, 229-pound Bridge completed 160 of 307 passes (52.1 per cent) for 1,927 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his final season for the South Alabama Jaguars in 2014. Bridge also attended the NFL combine.
While Bridge may get another look as a quarterback, there are some CFL personnel men who believe the 6-foot-4, 230 pound Bridge would be a better fit as a wide receiver and would like to develop him at that position.