MONTREAL -- The Montreal Alouettes locked up a key piece of their offensive line Tuesday by signing a new deal with left tackle Josh Bourke.
The 31-year-old, a two-time CFL lineman of the year, was among the most coveted free agents on the market.
The Windsor, Ont., native will be especially important to a team that has lost veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo to retirement and is expected to go with the less experienced Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh this season.
"Big signing here," Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp said in a team release. "Not only does this signing allows us to maintain one of our all-important non-import starters, but Josh has been an anchor on our O-line as well as a leader both on and off the field for the last number of years."
Bourke's contract is worth $215,000 per season, making him the highest paid non-QB in the league. Bourque was drafted in the third round in 2004 and is entering his eighth year with Montreal.
The Alouettes also inked new deals with linebacker Kyries Hebert, long snapper Martin Bedard and kicker Sean Whyte.
Hebert and Bedard signed three-year deals while White signed for two.