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Ferri, McElveen leave Riders to return to Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes signed import defensive lineman Jermaine McElveen on Thursday, less than 24 hours after signing import linebacker Diamond Ferri.

CFL free agents previously won back-to-back Grey Cups with Montreal

Diamond Ferri (40) is returning to the Montreal Alouettes, the team he helped win back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that they have signed import defensive lineman Jermaine McElveen to a two-year contract.

McElveen spent the first four seasons of his CFL career with the Alouettes from 2008 to 2011, and played on two Grey Cup champion teams with Montreal.

He played the last two years with Saskatchewan, and is the second member of the defending Grey Cup champs to sign with Montreal in as many days, joining linebacker Diamond Ferri, who signed with the Alouettes on Wednesday.

"Jermaine is a character guy. He really cares," explained Alouettes general manager and coach Jim Popp. "He's a versatile defensive lineman who can play inside or outside."

Ferri, a free agent who signed a two-year contract, spent the first five seasons of his CFL career with the Alouettes from 2007 to 2011 and played on back-to-back Grey Cup winning teams in 2009 and 2010.

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