‘Yeah!’: Nick Usher signs two-year extension with Montreal Alouettes

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed American defensive lineman Nick Usher to a two-year contract extension through 2023.

The six-foot-three, 235-pound pass-rusher registered 35 defensive tackles, four for losses, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass knockdown in 14 games with Montreal in 2021. The 27-year-old also recovered a league-leading three fumbles.

“Nick was a great addition to our team in 2021. On top of bringing his contagious smile in our locker room, he was an important cog in our defensive front, forcing opposing quarterbacks to get rid of the ball much faster than they would have wanted,” said Montreal Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia.

Usher played two seasons with the Edmonton Elks (2018-19) during which he recorded 43 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was in training camp with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 but did not make the final roster.

In three seasons in the CFL, the former UTEP Miner amassed 78 defensive tackles and 12 sacks, while forcing five fumbles.