Montreal Alouettes extend OL Pier-Olivier Lestage, LS Louis-Philippe Bourassa

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed Canadian offensive lineman Pier-Olivier Lestage to a contract extension through 2025 and Canadian long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa to a contract extension through 2026.

“I’ve known Louis-Philippe and Pier-Olivier since their college years, and they are exactly the kind of players who fit into our culture,” said general manager Danny Maciocia in a statement. “These two athletes have won wherever they’ve been, and they will be greatly beneficial both in the locker room and on the field.”

Lestage made 17 starts at left guard this past season and was named Montreal’s nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He also made six starts at left guard in 2022, his first season with the team.

The six-foot-three, 310-pound native of Saint-Eustache, Que. was a second-round pick in the 2021 CFL Draft out of the Université de Montréal. He was under contract with the Seattle Seahawks at the time, which is why he wasn’t selected in the first round. He was on Seattle’s practice roster for all of 2021 before signing with the Alouettes the following year.

Bourassa played all 18 regular season games with the Alouettes this past season, helping the team win the Grey Cup for the first time since 2010.

The six-foot-three, 232-pound native of Shawinigan, Que. started his CFL career with the Ottawa Redblacks after being selected in the fourth round of the 2017 CFL Draft out of the Université de Montréal. He played 75 regular season games over four seasons in the nation’s capital before signing with the Alouettes as a free agent in 2023.

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.