Troy Smith Signs CFL Deal with the Montreal Alouettes

By Jason Priestas on August 15, 2013 at 1:31a
Troy Smith signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes

Former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith is headed to the CFL after signing a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes.

"We welcome Troy to the Alouettes. We've been in discussions together for well over three months and have been patiently waiting for Troy to finish his commitments at Ohio State,” explained Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. “We'll have to fast track Troy in order to get him over the learning curve of the CFL and caught up to speed over the next several weeks. He's here to learn and grasp the game for future competition."

Smith last took an NFL snap in 2010, when he started five games for the San Francisco 49ers, though the Pittsburgh Steelers did bring him in for an extended look before ultimately releasing him in June of 2012.

The move caught some CFL observers off guard. Friend of the site and Yahoo! CFL columnist Andrew Bucholtz called it "quite surprising," pointing out that quarterbacks with a few years of NFL experience typically don't make their way to the CFL. Why? Well, money:

First, it's curious that Smith is taking Montreal up on this offer. While the CFL is often floated as an option for big-name American quarterbacks who fall out of the NFL or NCAA systems (see all the buzz about Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel, for example), it's rare to see those with a significant NFL background actually head north. That's largely because of the pay difference. The NFL minimum salary for rookies is $405,000 this year: only the very top, well-established CFL quarterbacks make more than that, while the average CFL salary is estimated at about $60,000 and rookies often make significantly less.

It's a two-year deal and the Alouettes need to think about life after 40-year-old Anthony Calvillo, so Smith's chances of making the team are solid, but he could also close his eyes and walk into any business in Ohio and do better than $60,000 a year.

There's only one take-away from all of this: Troy Smith still wants to ball. Do your thing, Troy.


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TheShookster's picture

I'm not sure who Montreal's rival is, but they officially have no chance of ever beating Montreal.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

jthiel09's picture

I should just delete my comment, it won't even touch the brilliance that you have given us THESHOOKSTER.


TMac's picture

All the best Troy, eh!

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AJW_16's picture

Allez les Allouettes et Troy Smith! Felicitations Smith!

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Doc's picture

Good luck Troy.  Do your thing!

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Olemissbuckeye's picture

What is Troy wrapping up at tOSU?

Brick Tamland's picture

He had been working/helping out in the Athletic Department, especially on game days. He may have also been helping out with the team again lately.

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osu07asu10's picture

His graduate degree. Also serving an internship with the athletic department.

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CanadianBuckeye's picture

Never been a huge fan of the CFL, but I would have much rather seen him land with the Argos so that I could try and get to a few games!  Good on ya Troy, tear those Frenchies up!
C'est la vie!

Poison nuts's picture

Dude wants to play...can't fault him for that. Go ahead Troy!

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741's picture

I've never seen a Canadian football game, but might seek it out now.

ExpatBuckeye's picture

Stranger still is I think they play in the summer so isn't he joining the team mid-year?  Good luck to Troy now as I try to figure out what channel the CFL is on.

Menexenus's picture

Do what you love, Troy.  Until you can't do it any more.  We're with you, buddy!

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Mizzillion's picture

FU, Dodd.

Hovenaut's picture

Reader response, meh and Dennis Dodd?

Oh the irony.....

buckeyeEddie27's picture

fat fingered.  my bad.   somebody offset my dv please

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

captain obvious's picture

Troy Smith won a Heisman and played for the #1 football school in the country.

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buckeyefanatic's picture

Dodd typically writes for shock value.  It is how he gets most of his clicks.  Funny that he is complaining about getting suckered into reading something.  (guess that is what the previous poster is saying as well)
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Jonnferrell's picture

Go Troy!  Conquer Canada for Ohio!

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canukeye's picture

I can't WAIT to get my Allouette Smith jersey!!!!!  Too bad they've already played in Calgary this year.

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I just wanted to say that you have an awesome username, I can't believe I hadn't thought of that before!

slovak71's picture

Having relatives in Toronto I have grown up watching many, many games and also attending several.  It's football. Plain and simple.  Good game. Several quality players people would recognize.  Buckeye fans would notice several former players who have played in recent memory.  (Troy is the only Buckeye currently in the league)  (Although faux Buckeye Duron Carter is/was listed on their practice squad).  Last year, Rob Rose played several games with Hamilton.  Also, Ken Yon-Rambo wrapped up a very successful career and had to quit after inuries.  Others who recently retired within the last year or two were Brent Johnson and Rob Murphy.  These guys enjoyed prolific careers.  Johnson, who is Canadian, will be a future HOFer for sure.  He may be the career sack leader for BC.  Also, Murphy was continually one of the top OL during his career. 
The game is more accessible than ever with the advent of NBC Sports. (And I believe the Deuce may have a game or two).
Montreal was coached by Dan Hawkins, who was recently fired after only 5 games, I believe.  Hawkins is known for making Boise State, Boise State before taking the $$$$$ and ruining Colorado.  He took over for Marc Trestman who is now patrolling the sidelines for the Chicago Bears. 
Peruse the rosters and college football fans (and even NFLers) will notice several names of note.  (Korey Sheets - Purdue alum is leading the league in rushing).

jthiel09's picture

Wonder when we can all go and buy our T. Smith Allouette jersey.


yrro's picture

Curious about this. He had several NFL teams talking to him at OSU's pro day last year. I'd think he'd be able to find a backup spot for a better salary. Maybe he wants more of a chance to get on the field.

captain obvious's picture

Smart on Troy's part with the read option gaining popularity in the NFL. This could be his ticket back in.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Congratulations, Troy! You continue to make us proud.

BuckeyeVet's picture

As I said on the other thread about this "I am now officially an Allouettes fan" !!!

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Hockey Buck's picture

Victim of not being 6'4". NFL is blinded by height. Hey Troy, kick their arses, eh?

shortbus20's picture

If you look at the whole roster you will see Duron Carter on the practice squad...How long will he last?????

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Congrats Troy!  I'll be rooting for ya! 
Yes, my interest in the CFL has now gone up.
Go Bucks!