Alouettes acquire Lions’ Chris Williams for Gabriel Knapton

The B.C. Lions have shipped wide receiver Chris Williams to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for defensive end Gabriel Knapton.

Williams battled injury in Vancouver this season and was limited to just nine games. He collected 415 yards on 38 receptions with one touchdown.

In five seasons, he has 5,237 yards and 33 touchdowns on 356 receptions.

Knapton has appeared in 68 regular-season games for the Als, recording 32 sacks.

Lions GM Ed Hervey said the team needed to boost its defensive line.

“We identified our defensive line as one of our primary areas of need heading into next season and Gabriel is a significant acquisition for us,” said Hervey. “He brings a unique combination of athleticism and leadership to our defence…”

Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said the team likes Williams’ versatility.

“Williams can change the pace of a game with his electrifying play both on offence and on special teams and we look forward to seeing him on the field next season”, said Reed.

He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. In 2014 he played seven games with the Chicago Bears.

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