Montreal Alouettes sign veteran CFL receiver Greg Ellingson

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed veteran receiver Greg Ellingson, per sources.

It’s a one-year contract for the 2023 season.

The nine-year veteran was excellent when healthy last season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as he made 38 receptions for 598 yards and three touchdowns over eight regular season games.

The 34-year-old has five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons on his resume and during the shortened 2021 season had 47 receptions for 687 yards and one touchdown in 10 games.

He was named a West Division all-star in 2019 and earned $250,000 while making 86 catches for 1,170 yards and five touchdowns after spending the previous four seasons as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks. He produced over 1,000 yards in all four seasons in the nation’s capital with his best single-season totals of 96 receptions for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns in 18 games.

The six-foot-three, 197-pound Ellingson has played 125 career CFL games, making 587 receptions for 8,550 yards with 45 touchdowns, averaging 14.6 yards per catch. He was named a CFL all-star in 2017 and earned East Division all-star status three straight years from 2016 to 2018 while helping the Redblacks win the 104th Grey Cup.

Over four seasons at Florida International University, Ellingson tallied 131 receptions for 2,018 yards with 14 touchdowns, averaging 15.4 yards per catch. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after going unselected in the 2011 NFL Draft. During two pre-season games, Ellingson made four catches for 41 yards, but he was released among final training camp cuts.

The following year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Ellingson and he made one grab for 12 yards in one pre-season game. The Buccaneers released him prior to the regular season. That led to Ellingson signing north of the border in 2013.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.