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Montreal Alouettes acquire veteran receiver Stamps from Edmonton Eskimos

01/16/2015 04:51 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT
The Montreal Alouettes added a big-play receiver to their offensive arsenal Friday.

The Alouettes acquired veteran Fred Stamps from the Edmonton Eskimos for receiver Kevin Stafford. Stamps, 33, has registered 496 catches for 7,932 yards and 49 touchdowns over eight CFL seasons.

"Fred Stamps has been one of the top receivers in the CFL over the last five years," Montreal GM Jim Popp said in a statement. "This addition adds strength, character, and another high-level performer to our solid receiving core."

Stamps recorded five straight 1,000-yard seasons with Edmonton (2009-13) and was named a CFL all-star four times over that span. He led the league in receiving yards in '09 and '13 with 1,402 and 1,259, respectively.

The acquisition of Stamps addresses a need for Montreal. Duron Carter, the club's leading receiver last year, is expected to sign an NFL deal this off-season and veteran S.J. Green is slated to become a free agent next month.

The six-foot-three, 204-pound Stafford had 20 catches for 230 yards and a TD last season with Montreal. He began his CFL career in 2013 with Calgary after spending time in the NFL with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins.

"Fred's on-field accomplishments are well documented," Edmonton GM Ed Hervey said. "We thank him for his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.

"We welcome Kenny Stafford to the Eskimo family and look forward to watching him compete."

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