Alouettes release four, including veteran DB Raheem Wilson

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The Montreal Alouettes have released four players, including veteran defensive back Raheem Wilson.

Wilson saw action in just four games last season as he battled the effects of offseason knee surgery, recording three defensive tackles and another on special teams. The 30-year-old arrived in Montreal partway through the 2022 season after being released by the Calgary Stampeders, notching 20 defensive tackles, two tackles for losses and two interceptions over the final seven games.

In four CFL seasons with the Alouettes and Stamps, Wilson has amassed 130 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, three interceptions, and a forced fumble in 49 games. The Southeastern Oklahoma State product began his professional career in Germany, where he won a pair of GFL titles with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns.

The team also parted ways with receivers Quartney Davis and Keshunn Abram, and defensive end Marcus Valdez.

Davis suited up for five games with the Alouettes last season, recording 11 receptions for 158 yards as a rookie. The Texas A&M product amassed 99 catches for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdowns in four collegiate seasons before brief stints as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts.

Abram began the 2023 season as a starter in his rookie season but was placed on the six-game injured list after two games, having caught three passes for 35 yards. The 25-year-old recorded 57 receptions for 835 yards and five touchdowns over 26 games at Kent State University, before an unsuccessful stop with the New York Jets.

Valdez joined the Alouettes in July and suited up in one game, failing to record a statistic. He played 57 games over six seasons at Boston College, finishing with 133 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

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.