The remake of the Montreal Alouettes defence deepened Friday with the release of linebacker Diamond Ferri and safety Etienne Boulay.
Boulay, who missed most of last season with a concussion, had been an Alouette since 2006 and was a particularly popular player with fans. The versatile Ferri, who also returned kicks and played special teams, spent five seasons in Montreal.
The team had released veteran defensive linemen Anwar Stewart and Eric Wilson before training camp and opted not to re-sign defensive back Mark Estelle.
All were members of Grey Cup teams from 2009 and 2010.
"It is a tough business when you choose to release veteran players, especially ones that have been major contributors in the community and in winning championships," general manager Jim Popp said in a statement about the latest releases.
"It is a lot more fun to win Grey Cups with these players than to have to notify them that they are being released and that they will not have a job. Both will always be a big part of the Alouettes history."