Alouettes release quarterback Drew Willy

The Montreal Alouettes have released quarterback Drew Willy, according to Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

Willy was a pending free agent.

He was originally signed by the Als in June 2017. He played in 12 games that season, starting two games, passing for 547 yards and one touchdown.

Montreal re-signed Willy in February 2018 and head coach Mike Sherman named Willy the team’s starting quarterback coming out of training camp. The 32-year-old played in four games completing 52 of 79 passes for 566 yards with three touchdowns against one interception.

After Willy suffered a gash on his hand in Week 6 against the Calgary Stampeders the Alouettes traded for Johnny Manziel the next day on July 22 and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner took over the starting quarterback job.

The University of Buffalo product began his CFL career with Saskatchewan in 2012 and he was traded to Winnipeg on February 2014. Willy made 28 starts for the Bombers over three seasons completing 513-of-781 passes (65.7 per cent) for 6,385 yards, 31 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

He was acquired by Toronto via trade in September 2016 with the Bombers. After the Argos got Willy he played in four games completing 77 of 113 passes for 681 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He did not even dress in the Argos final pre-season game in 2017 and was released, but signed with Montreal.

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