Montreal Alouettes sign former Riders receiver Jake Harty, re-sign DL Vincent Desjardins

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed Canadian receiver Jake Harty and re-signed Canadian defensive lineman Vincent Desjardins to one-year deals.

“We are very happy to have solidified our team’s National talent pool. Vincent adds a lot of depth to our defensive line, and has responded successfully every time his name has been called,” said general manager Danny Maciocia in a statement. “Jake will solidify our receiving squad, as he possesses precious CFL experience, on top of being familiar with our head coach’s offence.”

Harty spent the last two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Ottawa Redblacks. During his time in the nation’s capital, the Calgary, Alberta native played in two Grey Cups, winning it all with the team in 2016.

The 32-year-old was selected by the Redblacks 10th overall in the 2015 CFL Draft and has made 48 catches for 378 yards and one touchdown in 57 career games in the CFL, while also making 24 special teams tackles.

Desjardins played his first season in Montreal in 2022, registering one defensive tackle in four games. He spent his first two seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders after the team selected him with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 CFL Draft. He registered three defensive tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in 18 CFL career games.

The six-foot-one, 275-pound product of the Université Laval spent four seasons with the team, winning two Vanier Cups, earning a spot on the Quebec Conference (RSEQ) Defensive All-Star Team, on top of being voted a USports All-Canadian in his last three campaigns.

In 25 collegiate games, the 26-year-old recorded 51 tackles and 11.5 sacks. The Quebec City native also forced three fumbles and recovered one during his time with the Rouge et Or.