Just months after signing a two-year deal with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, former Kansas State quarterback and Heisman finalist Collin Klein was released by the team on Sunday.
The move came following a 28-23 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the team’s preseason opener on Saturday. Klein entered the game late in the third quarter and helped the Alouettes retake the lead, setting up a 26-yard field goal to go ahead 23-21.
Klein split time in the loss with starting quarterback Tanner Marsh and Alex Brink. The favorite to win the job, former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, was injured and did not suit up for the game.
Klein landed in Canada after failing to garner an NFL contract following his standout career at K-State. He received a tryout invitation from the Houston Texans, impressing former head coach Gary Kubiak in the process, but did not receive a contract. Klein then spent more than a year away from professional football before impressing CFL scouts at the Alouette’s minicamp in April.
Alouettes’ quarterback coach Ryan Dinwiddie told the Montreal Gazette before Saturday’s game that should Klein stick on the roster, the team would try to get him in favorable situations to run the football.
“I like his deep ball,” Dinwiddie told the Gazette. “He turns it over well. But there’s obviously some limitations passing. His throwing motion’s a little bit different. When I first saw him throw, I wasn’t really impressed by him.
“During the season — if he’s around — we’ll definitely put a package together for him. Obviously, he runs like a deer.”