Anonymous CFL agent: ‘Most free agents will pass on Montreal’

The Alouettes could have trouble attracting free agents, according to a story from Montreal Gazette beat man Herb Zurkowsky.

Zurkowsky spoke to an anonymous CFL agent who said players and their representatives will avoid the Alouettes when the market opens at noon on Tuesday.

“You never know but, right now, the Als are a mess. And unless I have no choice to park a guy there, most free agents — unless they’re getting overpaid — will pass on Montreal. Like Toronto last year when they had no general manager or head coach,”  the agent said.

“The coaching staff really has no body of work in the positions they were hired. That’s a hard sell to a top player.”

Montreal is coming off a last-place finish in which they finished with a 3-15 record and lost 11 straight games to end the 2017 season. The Alouettes scored a league-low 314 points and were the only team to average less than 20 points per game (17.4) while allowing a CFL-worst 580 points.

General manager Kavis Reed, who served as interim head coach after firing Jacques Chapedelaine, hired former NFL coach Mike Sherman to run the squad in 2018.