Wednesday, April 6, 2011

McPherson extends contract with Montreal

Adrian McPherson recently signed an extension with the Montreal Alouettes that will carry him through the 2012 Canadian Football League season.

There was speculation McPherson would opt for free agency after the upcoming season because a lot of CFL teams want his services and he is the backup to one of the league’s all time great quarterbacks.

Many in the CFL see McPherson as a rising star just waiting for his chance, much the same way Steve Young waited in the wings to replace Joe Montana.

McPherson gained 121 yards on 16 carries against Hamilton during the regular season to become the first quarterback in Als history to rush for over 100 yards. He also threw for 238 yards, completing 21 of 37 attempts with one touchdown pass.

The Southeast product, who turns 28 in May, has been with Montreal since 2008 and appeared in 44 games showing promise that he has a productive career ahead of him in the league. He has been sitting back waiting for his chance, sort of like Steve Young did for Joe Montana.

“I want to be a great quarterback in this league and I want to be a part of a great organization,”McPherson said in a statement. “I feel this is the best opportunity for me. I'm very happy to extend my stay in Montreal.”

McPherson has been the backup for Anthony Calvillo, a Canadian Football League icon who has won two straight Grey Cup titles.

Calvillo who has been an iron man of sorts, turns 39 this season and missed some games last year due to an injury. The Alouettes reported that during the off season he had a complete throidectomy because of cancerous cells that were found, but the club expects him to return for another season.

Also signing with Montreal to Green Bay Packer all time leading rusher Ahmad Green, a 12 year NFL veteran.

Green (6'00'', 220 lbs), the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading rusher, joins the Alouettes after spending 12 seasons in the NFL.

After being selected in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft and playing two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks,

The 6-0, 220 pound Green spent seven years with the Packers where he was selected to play in four consecutive Pro Bowls, from 2001 to 2004 and was an All-Pro Selection in 2001 and 2003. He set several team records in 2003, including most rushing yards in a season (1,883), most rushing yards in a game (218) and most carries in a season(355).

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