Ottawa Redblacks sign eight American players, including veteran CFL receiver Quan Bray

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes

The Ottawa Redblacks have signed eight American players, including former Montreal Alouettes’ receiver Quan Bray.

The five-foot-ten, 185-pound target had an impressive rookie season with Montreal in 2019, catching 58 passes for 818 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. He returned to the team in 2021 and suited up for 12 games, posting 35 receptions for 481 yards and two touchdowns.

The 29-year-old nearly missed the 2021 season after he was arrested in February 2020 for transporting 157 pounds of marijuana alongside former Auburn University teammate Greg Robinson. One of the charges against him was dropped, while he pleaded guilty to the other and was required to pay a fine.

The former NFL receiver was in training camp with the Alouettes this year but was released following its conclusion. He joined the Redblacks in October, though he did not dress for a regular season game.

Ottawa’s other signees include receivers Tyrice Richie and Savon Scarver, offensive lineman Justice Powers, defensive lineman Jake Hlava, linebacker Jordan Young, and defensive backs Jeremiah Baltrip and Darius Williams.

Williams has played 24 games in the CFL as a member of the Edmonton Elks and Montreal Alouettes. He has recorded 39 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Powers was cut after attending training camp with the Redblacks but was brought back as a member of the practice roster in September. He has previously been a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as well as the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions.

Hlava was in training camp with the Toronto Argonauts this past year but joined the Redblacks’ practice roster partway through the season. He did not dress for a regular season game. Young also spent a portion of the 2022 season on Ottawa’s practice roster.

Richie made 44 catches for 540 yards and one touchdown at Northern Illinois as a senior in 2021, while Scarver returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns over his career at Utah State, tying the all-time record in college football. Scarver spent a portion of this past season on Ottawa’s practice roster.

Baltrip made 24 total tackles and six pass knockdowns as a senior at Southeastern Oklahoma State in 2021.