Montreal Alouettes sign RB William Stanback following one-year NFL stint

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel

The Montreal Alouettes have brought back a key piece of their offence from 2019.

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel

William Stanback signed a two-year deal with the team on Monday, which ensures he’ll be back for the 2021 season. The six-foot-one, 233-pound running back was sensational for the team in 2019, helping the Alouettes host a playoff game for the first time in five years.

The 26-year-old carried the ball 170 times for 1,048 yards and five touchdowns last CFL season. He also caught 33 passes for 329 yards as a productive part of the team’s passing game.

Stanback signed with the Las Vegas Raiders for 2020 but was released in August. He had remained a free agent since.

“We are extremely happy that William chose to return to Montreal and be a part of the nucleus of our players for the upcoming seasons,” said Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia.

“His return will allow us to continue offering our fans exciting and spectacular football, all while bolstering our offence with a good dose of talent and energy.”

The star running back serves as the perfect complement for franchise quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. Capable of pounding the rock, catching passes out of the backfield, and picking up blitzes, Stanback should help the Alouettes continue their ascent in 2021.