Alouettes release former third-round pick Benoit Marion, 14 others

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes made a sweeping round of cuts on Monday morning, releasing fifteen players.

One of the biggest names in the group was defensive Benoit Marion, who was a third-round selection in the 2020 CFL Draft out of Université de Montréal. He recorded 66.5 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in 25 games with the Carabins where he played under current Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia.

Defensive tackle Michael Wakefield was cut after signing with the team as a free agent in February. The six-foot-three, 268-pound defensive tackle made 54 defensive tackles, seven sacks, and one interception over a three-year stint (2017-19) with the Ottawa Redblacks.

The full list of cuts, which included two-time 1,000-yard receiver Naaman Roosevelt, appears as follows.

Vincent Alessandrini, (N), WR, Concordia
Curtis Cothran, (A), DL, Penn State
Brock Gowanlock, (N), DL, Manitoba
Jersey Henry, (N), LB, Concordia
William James, (G), DB, North Dakota
Colton Klassen, (N), RB, Saskatchewan
Ethan Makonzo, (N), LB, Montreal
Benoit Marion, (N), DL, Montreal
Robert Nelson Jr., (A), DB, Arizona State
Michael Onuoha, (A), SEC, Texas A&M Commerce
Brock Ruble, (A), OL, Florida State
Naaman Roosevelt, (A), WR, Buffalo
Prince Smith, (A), DB, New Hampshire
Simeon Thomas, (A), DB, Louisiana Lafayette
Michael Wakefield, (A), DL, Florida International