The Montreal Alouettes have signed American receiver and returner Mario Alford to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season.
Alford made quite the impression upon his arrival with the Als last season, scoring two touchdowns in his first two outings. In his first game with the Alouettes, he took a punt back 85 yards to the end zone in a 21-17 win over the Calgary Stampeders. The following week, he took a 90-yard punt to the house. He continued being impressive in the playoffs, as he scored a touchdown on a 99-yard kickoff return, the third longest kickoff return touchdown in CFL playoff history.
In three regular season games in 2019 he amassed 218 yards on nine punt returns, while adding 117 yards on six kickoff returns. In 2018, he suited up for the Toronto Argonauts.
The 27-year-old Alford was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2015 NFL Draft with who he registered one catch for 15 yards. He also spent time with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. The Greenville, GA native played collegiately for the West Virginia University Mountaineers.