Green opts to stay with Alouettes
Rush end Labinjo returns to Stamps
Slotback S.J. Green has decided to stay with the Montreal Alouettes after working out with a handful of NFL clubs, but centre Paul Lambert and defensive end Mike Labinjo are gone.
The Alouettes announced Wednesday that Green has signed for two years plus an option year.
The six-foot-three 220-pound receiver caught 58 passes for 875 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, his fourth in the CFL.
"He said before he left Montreal that unless someone made him a significant offer he wasn't going to go [to the NFL]," said general manager Jim Popp. "It isn't the perfect time for the NFL. If someone signs and then they have a lockout or a strike, they can't come back. It's a smart decision on his part."
Popp calls the 25-year-old Green "one of the up-and-coming stars for the future in the CFL."
The Alouettes acquired Labinjo from Calgary on Jan. 12 for future considerations, but the trade was voided on Wednesday and his rights were returned to the Stampeders. A CFL source said Labinjo did not pass his physical exam.
Calgary coach John Hufnagel said in a statement that Labinjo has been put back on the club's active roster "for the time being, and I will decide in the immediate future how we will proceed.
"When we made this trade, Montreal was given a window to review everything with Mike before they finalized the agreement and it was their decision not to go ahead with the deal."
The Alouettes also announced that they granted Lambert's request to be released.
The 10-year CFL veteran missed the end of the season and the playoffs with an arm injury and then had post-season knee surgery.
Lambert's spot was taken by young linemen Luc Brodeur-Jourdain and Andrew Woodruff. The Alouettes also have a handful of other young Canadian offensive linemen waiting for a chance to play, including first-round draft pick Dylan Steenbergen.
Popp said he's had no word yet on whether slotback Ben Cahoon will return for a 14th season in Montreal. Reports have said he is leaning toward retirement.
"Ben has never officially told us anything," said Popp. "The door's open if he wants to return. He knows that."