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Bachelor commits to Alouettes

Canadian quarterback Jesse Palmer has landed on his feet in the CFL less than two weeks after the former Bachelor star was dumped by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

Canadian quarterback Jesse Palmer has landed on his feet in the CFL less than two weeks after the former Bachelor star was dumped by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

Palmer signed a practice-roster contract with the Alouettes on Monday more than five years after the club drafted him in the second round of the 2001 CFL draft.

The Alouettes have 10 days to determine where Palmer may fit into the team's roster.

The Nepean, Ont., native opted to begin his pro career in the U.S. after the New York Giants selected him in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL draft.

Palmer hadfour unspectacular seasons with the Giants from 2001 to 2004 before spendinglast season with the 49ers.

The 27-year-oldgained international attention for his appearance on the U.S.TV program The Bachelor. More than two dozen single women courted the football player on the popular reality show.

Every week, Palmer would eliminate potential suitors until one woman remained. He eventually picked Jessica Bowlin, a 20-something California law student. The couple broke up two months later.

Palmer appeared in eight games with the Giants, including three starts. He took the field twice in 2002 and six times in 2003.

He never saw any regular-season game action with the 49ers and was cut during training camp in late August.

Palmer, who played collegiate football at the University of Florida, isn't expected to be on the field immediatelyfor the Alouettes.

Montreal already has star quarterback Anthony Calvillo as its No. 1 option and a proven CFL veteran Nealon Greene in a backup role.

The Alouettes also added three new receivers Monday.

Javarus Dudley, Ashlan Davis and Mark Simmonsjoined the Alouettes after failing to catch on with the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers, respectively. Eachattended NFL training camps earlier in the summer before being released.

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