QB swap: Alouettes release Matthew Shiltz, officially sign Dominique Davis

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As reported by 3Down’s own Justin Dunk, the Montreal Alouettes have officially announced the signing American quarterback Dominique Davis to a one-year deal, while releasing fellow pivot Matthew Shiltz ahead of free agency.

Davis will be in his seventh season in the CFL in 2022, after spending the last three in Ottawa. In 88 games in the CFL, he completed 316 of his 503 passes for 3,640 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 32-year-old Lakeland, FL native also added 13 rushing touchdowns on 104 carries for 323 yards. In the 2021 season, the former East Carolina University Pirate completed 59 passes for 674 yards and three touchdowns in Ottawa.

Shiltz, who was slated to become a free agent in the upcoming days, is entering his fifth season. 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 50 career games.

The Alouettes have also added American linebackers Josh Harvey-Clemons and Jordan Williams to the roster, as well as American offensive lineman Brian Fineanganofo.

Harvey-Clemons amassed 41 tackles and 1.5 sack, on top of defending four passes in 35 games with Washington in the NFL. The team had drafted him in the seventh round (230th overall) in 2017. The 27-year-old took part in the Miami Dolphins training camp in 2021. The Valdosta, GA native played for his home state University of Georgia Bulldogs for two seasons before transferring to the Louisville University Cardinals, completing his collegiate career with 225 tackles and three interceptions in 48 games.

Williams played for the Baylor University Bears from 2016 to 2019. In 52 career-games, the Paris, TX native registered 119 solo tackles and 89 assisted, adding 3.5 sacks. The 24-year-old made three interceptions, while knocking down 14 passes, forced four fumbles and recovered one. Williams had a standout performance in the Big 12 Championship game in his last season, finishing the game with 13 tackles (eight solo and five assisted) and an interception. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons following his collegiate career.

Fineanganofo was named to the All-Big Sky Team during his last collegiate season with the Idaho State University Bengals, which led to a contract with the Cleveland Browns. The 26-year-old Los Angeles, CA native also suited up with the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL.