Alouettes add veteran defenders

The Montreal Alouettes added two veteran CFL defenders on Monday along with a pair of former NFLers

Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp signed a pair of free agents Monday after watching three veteran defensive backs leave the CFL team over the last two weeks.

Defensive tackle Phil Gibson, who spent last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and former Ottawa Renegades defensive back Serge Sejour have joined the defending Eastern Division champions.

Popp also agreed to contracts with two NFL veterans, running back Robert Edwards and linebacker Jimmy McClain.

Montreal already has lost defensive backs Barron Miles (British Columbia) and Davis Sanchez (Edmonton) to free agency this off-season, while Kelly Malveaux signed earlier this month with Las Vegas of the Arena Football League.

The 26-year-old Gibson was traded to Saskatchewan in August 2003 after playing two games for the Alouettes. He posted 15 tackles in 29 games over one-plus seasons with the Riders.

Sejour, 24, had 44 defensive tackles and 15 special team tackles with Ottawa in 2003 and 2004. He also counted four interceptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Edwards, drafted 18th overall by the New England Patriots in 1998, rushed for 107 yards on 20 carries in 12 games for the Miami Dolphins three years ago.

McClain, 24, enters his first season in the CFL after collecting 13 tackles and a knockdown with the Houston Texans in 2002 and 2003.

He played one game with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season before joining the NFL Europe's Scottish Claymores.