John Bowman to return for 13th CFL season with Alouettes

Montreal Alouettes' John Bowman. (Graham Hughes/CP)

MONTREAL — John Bowman will return for a 13th CFL season.

The Montreal Alouettes announced Monday that Bowman, the club’s all-time sacks leader with 121, will play in 2018. Bowman, 35, has recorded 10 or more sacks in a season seven times.

"We are happy to have John return to the field with us in 2018," GM Kavis Reed said in a statement. "Throughout his career, he has been a true leader on the field and in the locker room.

"We look forward to John being a leader on our defensive squad and know that the players will look up to him. John is a true Montrealer and we are thrilled that he will have an opportunity to continue playing in front of the best fans in the CFL."

The six-foot-three, 250-pound Bowman, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., had a team-high nine sacks last season.

Bowman has started 194 of his 200 career CFL games. He’s been named a league all-star twice and helped Montreal win Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010.

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