Montreal Alouettes quarterback Matthew Shiltz expected to hit free agent market

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Montreal Alouettes quarterback Matthew Shiltz is expected to hit the free agent market after four seasons in La Belle Province, per sources.

The 29-year-old QB has spent his entire CFL career with the Als, suiting up for 50 games. He’s completed 145-of-237 passes (61 percent) for 1,866 yards, eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions, adding 50 carries for 313 yards (6.3 yards per carry) and three majors along the ground.

In 2021, Shiltz made three starts in the absence of injured starter Vernon Adams Jr. The six-foot-two, 205-pound signal caller finished the season 49-of-78 (63 percent) for 760 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. However he was removed from the starting role in favour of rental Trevor Harris after struggling in Week 13 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and did not take another snap.

After a standout high school career, Shiltz earned a scholarship to Butler University where he played 17 games during his final two seasons. He completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 4,037 yards with 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing for 857 yards and 13 touchdowns.

After going unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft, Shiltz started working for Ernst & Young in Indianapolis and one year later, the Alouettes invited him to workout. He also had sessions with the Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders prior to inking a deal with Montreal in 2017.

With several teams in need of quarterback help, Shiltz’s starting audition last year might allow him to set the market for those looking for a viable veteran backup. He earned $88,000 prorated during his final season in Montreal.