Like white on rice: Alouettes sign veteran NFL cover man Cre’Von LeBlanc

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed American defensive back Cre’Von LeBlanc to their training camp roster.

The 29-year-old corner played seven seasons in the NFL, making 16 starts in 52 games played. After signing with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2016, LeBlanc was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears where he started nine games as a rookie. After two years in the Windy City, he moved on to the Detroit Lions and later the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played a pivotal role in the 2018 playoffs.

After two more injury-hampered campaigns, the five-foot-11, 195-pound cover man would bounce around the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders. He was last under contract in August of 2022, finishing his tenure with 118 total tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, 18 pass breakups, and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

LeBlanc spent the 2023 season with the XFL’s Arlington Renegades. In nine games, he collected 22 tackles and an interception, helping the team capture an XFL championship.

Before his professional career, LeBlanc played four seasons at Florida Atlantic University. The native of Belle Glade, Fla. amassed 180 collegiate tackles, six interceptions, and one defensive touchdown in 45 career games.

The Alouettes will open the 2024 season on June 6 when they visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Princess Auto Stadium for a Grey Cup rematch.