Alouettes re-sign American DB Najee Murray, Canadian OL David Brown

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The Montreal Alouettes are keeping a couple of pieces from last season’s team around.

The team re-signed defensive back Najee Murray and offensive lineman David Brown to two-year deals to stay with the Als.

Murray led Montreal with three interceptions despite only playing 10 games last season. The 27-year-old took one of those picks to the house while adding 24 defensive tackles and four pass knockdowns.

The Steubenville, OH native just wrapped up his third season with Montreal after a three-year run at Kent State University that saw him earn All-M-American Conference honours in 2016.

Brown started three games for the Als during the regular season and started at centre in the East Semi-Final game against Hamilton. The 27-year-old played at both centre and guard in his second year in the CFL.

Brown was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders following a standout career at Western University. He was a two-time first-team All-Canadian but suffered an ACL knee injury in the 2017 Vanier Cup.

Brown was part of an offensive line that helped William Stanback be the only 1,000-yard rusher in the CFL.

Montreal is looking to build off a third-place finish in 2021 that saw them finish two points out of second in the East. The Alouettes season came to an end in Hamilton where the Ticats beat the birds 23-12.