The Montreal Alouettes signed non-import offensive tackle Jeff Perrett to a three-year deal on Tuesday.
Perrett was slated to become a free agent later this week, but the Alouettes' former third-round draft pick opted to stick with the only professional team he has known since first signing with Montreal in 2007.
Last season, the Lethbridge, AB native was a fixture on an offensive line which allowed just 30 sacks on quarterback Anthony Calvillo, tied for fewest in the league. His work in the trenches also helped Alouettes running backs average 5.0 yards per carry in 2012, with three different backs rushing for over 100 yards in a game over the course of the season.
"Today's signing allows us to go to camp with our offensive line intact from one year ago," explained Alouettes general manager Jim Popp. "Jeff brings a massive, imposing figure to the right tackle position and is a very difficult player to get around to get to the quarterback. Jeff is one of our best leaders on and off the field and we thank him for choosing to stay with his team."
The 28-year-old played in 14 games in 2012, missing Weeks 11 through 14 with a hyperextended left knee.