Montreal Alouettes release eight players, sign Canadian kicker Dante Brown

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed Canadian kicker Dante Brown and released eight other players one day after losing their preseason opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Brown spent the first week of training camp with the Ticats but was released by the team on May 25.

The five-foot-10, 185-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario played three seasons at Fort Hays State University (2017-2019), converting 47-of-56 field goal attempts (83.9 percent) with a career long of 56 yards. The 24-year-old spent 2021 with the Elks on their practice roster.

Brown joins David Côté as the only other kicker on the Alouettes’ roster.

The Als also released eight players, Canadian offensive lineman Kwabena Asare, American offensive lineman Justin Chase, American kicker Andrew Foster, Canadian linebacker Ethan Makonzo, American defensive linemen Leighton McCarthy and Mi’Cario Stanley, American defensive back Rashad Robinson and American linebacker Jordan Williams.

The most notable of these cuts was Asare, who spent three seasons in Edmonton (2017-2020) after being drafted by the team in the sixth round, 49th overall, in the 2017 CFL Draft. He was in training camp with the Calgary Stampeders in 2021 prior to joining the Alouettes’ practice squad last October.

The six-foot-eight, 270-pound blocker played five seasons with the Carleton University Ravens, helping the team finish third in Canada with 1,773 rushing yards during his senior season. That same year, he helped running back Jayde Rowe lead the country with 136.8 yards per game. The 30-year-old was named the Ravens’ most outstanding lineman in 2013 and 2014.

These cuts were in compliance with the CFL’s roster deadline that stated teams must trim their rosters to 75 players plus non-counters no later than midnight the day following their first preseason game.