The Montreal Alouettes have signed former Northern Illinois University defensive back Chris Smith to a two-year contract.
“Chris will walk into the CFL with the ability to be one of the better bump and run corners,” said Jim Popp, general manager of the Alouettes.
Smith (5’10”, 186 lbs.) played three games with the St. Louis Rams in 2011 before joining the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League in 2013.
Smith was in his second season with the Storm and led the team with six interceptions on the season, good for third-highest in the League. Smith has 14 interceptions for his career, placing him fourth all-time in Storm history. For the season, Smith recorded 27.5 tackles, six interceptions, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and a 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Smith also had a five-yard kick return for a touchdown on special teams.
“We are excited that Chris has received the opportunity to play in the Canadian Football League,” said Tampa Bay vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. “While losing him is bittersweet, we are proud that he will get the chance to play with the Alouettes.”
During his senior season with NIU, he earned first-team All Mid-American Conference honors after recording 50 solo tackles and three interceptions, in addition to his 15 knockdowns.