CFL Notebook: Alouettes name ST coordinator, Miller signs with Bombers, Rico’s an Argo

Alouettes name former NFL coach Bruce Read as special teams co ordinators

The Montreal Alouettes turned to a veteran of the NFL and U.S. university football in naming Bruce Read as special teams co-ordinator on Friday.

Read, 55, has always worked with special teams in more than 30 years of coaching.

He replaces Kavis Reed, who was promoted to general manager in December.

“We are thrilled to add a coach as accomplished as Bruce Read to coach our special teams,” Alouettes coach Jacques Chapdelaine said in a release. “His experience, at the professional and college level, his attention to detail and his passion make him a great addition to our strong coaching staff, which is now complete for the next season.”

Read worked the last two seasons at the University of Nebraska under former Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Mike Riley, but was fired in November with the Cornhuskers’ special teams struggling and with some fans questioning his reported US$450,000 salary. Read had previously worked under Riley at Oregon.

Read, of Santa Rosa, Calif., has also coached for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and San Diego Chargers in the NFL.

Bombers sign veteran Canadian fullback Mike Miller to deal

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed veteran Canadian fullback Mike Miller on Friday.

The six-foot, 215-pound native of Riverview, N.B., spent six seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos before being released Wednesday. Miller had a CFL-high 27 special-teams tackles last season.

“Mike is a solid all-around football player,” Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters said in a statement. “His work on special teams speaks for itself, but from all accounts, he’s another great addition inside our locker room as well.

“His experience in this league will be a great asset for our younger players.”

Miller signed with Edmonton as an undrafted free agent out of Acadia. He has registered 116 career special-teams tackles and helped the Eskimos win the Grey Cup in 2015.

Argonauts sign former Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back Rico Murray

The Toronto Argonauts announced the signing of veteran American linebacker-defensive back Rico Murray on Friday (3DownNation reported the news last week.)

The five-foot-11, 203-pound Murray spent the last four seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Murray appeared in 50 career games with the Ticats, registering 180 tackles, 11 special-teams tackles, three sacks, nine interceptions (returning one for a TD) and four forced fumbles.

Following his collegiate career at Kent State, Murray spent time with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Edmonton Eskimos.

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