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Montreal Alouettes sign Troy Smith

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Quarterback Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner with Ohio State, has reached a two-year deal with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, the club said Wednesday night.

Smith, 29, played in 20 NFL regular-season games in stints with Baltimore (2007-2009) and San Francisco (2010), completing 121-of-234 passes for 1,734 yards with eight TDs and five interceptions. He was with the Steelers for part of the 2012 offseason.

In a statement released by the club, Alouettes G.M. Jim Popp indicated Smith will be one of the backups to starter Anthony Calvillo.

“We’ve been in discussions together for well over three months and have been patiently waiting for Troy to finish his commitments at Ohio State,” Popp said. “We’ll have to fast track Troy in order to get him over the learning curve of the CFL and caught up to speed over the next several weeks. He’s here to learn and grasp the game for future competition.”

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16 Responses to “Montreal Alouettes sign Troy Smith”
  1. godofwine330 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:04 PM

    As a born and bred Cleveland man, a Buckeye fan, and a football fan in general i am sincerely happy for this guy to get a chance somewhere. I am pulling for him to hopefully one day get a shot at the NFL again, to, but you have to crawl before you can walk. I wish him nothing but the best of luck.

  2. carlsbadboltfan says: Aug 14, 2013 11:05 PM

    The Als suck this year because Trestman (their former head coach) is now coaching the Bears.

    Calvillo pretty much owns every QB record in the CFL. But without Trestman, he looks his age (40).

    Signing Smith will have little impact.

  3. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 14, 2013 11:11 PM

    29 years old and played in 20 NFL seasons?

    Dude peaked when he was 13.

  4. originalspinpodcast says: Aug 14, 2013 11:18 PM

    The Fantasy Football Leagues in Canada just got a hot new waiver wire pick up

  5. loyalraven says: Aug 14, 2013 11:27 PM


  6. henryjones20 says: Aug 15, 2013 12:37 AM

    after he got drafted didn’t he cuss out or get all indignant at the rookie symposium towards the nfl big wigs like he was mr.know it all? know ur roll sir or you will be out of this league real quick like b4!!

  7. ibreathefootball says: Aug 15, 2013 12:54 AM

    Good to see. I could see him replacing the aging Calvillo and excelling there. Good luck to him. I would also like to see JaMarcus get signed too, but only IF his mind is right.

  8. fdugrad says: Aug 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    What commitments at OSU?

  9. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    Still a better QB than Colon Krappernick.

  10. bmorelikeray52 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:34 AM

    Poor guy. He’s an example of a college football star who wasn’t able to translate his college success into the pro’s.

  11. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 15, 2013 6:02 AM

    One of my favorite plays with him was the pass to Flacco. Never want to see Flacco catch a pass again, but that was awesome.

  12. marvin216 says: Aug 15, 2013 7:46 AM

    Congrats to you Troy! I still think you should be on an NFL Roster. Had the starting job over Flacco until you got sick. The NFL is full of bums at QB.Here is a list of dudes that need to be working at a rental car company:
    Derek Anderson
    Jimmy Clausen
    David Carr
    Kellen Clemmons
    Kevin Kolb
    The McCown Brothers
    Dan Orlovsky
    John Skelton
    Tim Tebow

  13. fordmandalay says: Aug 15, 2013 9:06 AM

    Dream Team!

  14. tv426 says: Aug 15, 2013 9:52 AM

    Yet another reason the Heisman has become a worthless “award” that is simply given to the QB of a highly ranked team. Troy Smith was the second coming of Geno Torretta. Like Geno, Smith wasn’t even the best player on his team much less the best in the country.

  15. thegonz13 says: Aug 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    The Als have been bringing in one QB after another hoping that one day, they’ll have the right successor to Calvillo. Adrian MacPherson, Chris Leak and a bunch of other nondescript warm bodies have come and gone to no avail.

  16. multiplemiggs says: Aug 15, 2013 6:34 PM

    What is a CFL?

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