Alouettes sign former Carolina Panthers’ running back Jordan Scarlett

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed former NFL running back Jordan Scarlett.

The five-foot-eleven, 200-pound ball carrier was drafted in the fifth round, 154th overall, by the Carolina Panthers in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old then played nine games with the Panthers prior to joining the Detroit Lions in 2020 and Miami Dolphins in 2021, rushing four times for nine yards.

“We are happy that a player of Jordan’s caliber will be coming to Montreal. He is very talented and explosive. His addition will bring depth to an already talented backfield,” said Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia in a statement.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native accumulated 1,857 yards on 344 carries in 35 games with the University of Florida Gators and scored 12 touchdowns. He also added 108 yards on 15 receptions. During his last collegiate season, he amassed a career-high 159 rushing yards in a 35-31 win against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

Scarlett joins an offense that led the CFL in points per game in 2021 (22.4). As a team, Montreal currently sits at to win the East at most Ontario sportsbooks.