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MONTREAL -- Montreal Alouettes' Vice President and General Manager Jim Popp announced today that import defensive end Gavin Walls and import tackle Skip Seagraves have signed for one year and an option after both were recently released by the club. Import quarterback Cody Pickett has also signed for two years plus an option.
Pickett joins the Alouettes after three seasons with the Argonauts. He shared the Argos' starting quarterback duties with Kerry Joseph in 2009, starting seven of 18 games and recording 1,553 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions on 145 completions. Drafted in 2004 by the San Francisco 49ers, he has also played with the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and the NFLE Rhein Fire.
"We are excited to add Cody to our mix of quarterbacks," Popp said. "He brings playing experience, knowledge of the CFL game, and we think the ability to thrive in our system."
A five-year CFL veteran, Walls was acquired from the Blue Bombers on Feb. 26. A three-time divisional All-Star, he was also a 2005 CFL All-Star and was named the league's Most Outstanding Rookie that year.
"We are excited about adding Gavin to our mix of pass rushers - we feel he can give us a rotation of relentless pressure. We did these negotiations right," Popp said. "We took our time and came to an agreement that benefits both parties."
Seagraves has started 18 games at tackle since joining the Alouettes' in 2006, after five seasons with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He has also been involved in the Alouettes' community programs for the last two years.
"Skip brings exactly what we look for in a player both on and off the field. He is the ultimate team player and a first class human being," said Popp.