Alouettes cut LB Frederic Plesius to avoid paying roster bonus

The Montreal Alouettes have released Canadian linebacker Frederic Plesius just one day before he was due to receive a $27,000 roster bonus on Feb 1.

The 29-year-old registered seven special teams tackles in seven games before missing the final 11 contests of the season due to injury in 2017. He finished second in the CFL with 23 special teams tackles in 2016 as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It was clearly a frustrating season for the Quebec native.

Plesius was acquired by the Alouettes last February in a deal that sent fellow Canadian linebacker Nick Shortill to the Hamilton. He was selected in the second round (10th overall) of the 2012 CFL draft and played 66 games with the Ticats over four seasons registering 58 special teams tackles, 25 defensive tackles, one sack and one interception.

It is the second player released by Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed in order to avoid paying an off-season bonus. Quarterback Darian Durant was let go earlier this January in order to avoid paying $150,000 due to the veteran pivot.