John Bowman: returning to Alouettes up to me

The best defensive lineman to ever suit up for the Montreal Alouettes believes his future is up to him.

John Bowman told 3DownNation’s Matthew Ross that his “status is just up in the air right now.”

The 35-year-old was an East all-star in 2017 making 35 tackles and nine sacks plus two forced fumbles.

“As far as I know it’s up to me, whether I want to come back or not. I’ve talked to Kavis [Reed] briefly, I’ve talked to Patrick Boivin briefly. They all want me to come back and everybody’s rooting for me to come back, so we’ll see how I feel. I just started working out again and I just realized how old I am,” Bowman said laughing on TSN 690 radio in Montreal.

Bowman is the Alouettes franchise leader with 121 sacks in 200 games since joining Montreal in 2006. He’s a two-time Grey Cup champion with the Als (2009 and 2010).

“I feel good. And I’ve told Kavis and coaches before as long as I feel like I’m competing good and I can keep up with these young boys, I’m going to come back and play some more,” Bowman said.

“I feel good, besides the broken hand and a couple minor nicks and bruises, I left the field relatively healthy last year. I’m starting to crank it up here now and we’ll just see how it feels come mid-January what’s my plan for the year.”


13 Comments on John Bowman: returning to Alouettes up to me

  1. Bo and the red supremes // December 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm //

    Time for Al’s to cut ties with him and and Hebert. Time to tear down the final ruins and build from the foundation up!

  2. Paul Garner // December 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm //

    Bo and the red supremes – I agree totally

  3. Als – must have the same scouts and management as Ti-cats , Cats should be cutting the strings with that outstanding ‘Fantuz’ talent , but they signed him up last season – again !

  4. Sources Say // December 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm //

    Chris Jones would just insult him and cut him. I suspect the Als will have more class than Jones.

    • Bo and the red supremes // December 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm //

      oh yeah. It goes without saying it would be handled with a great deal more class

  5. Why do you guys turn every story into to a ‘hate Riders and Jones’ story? Neither were mentioned in this article.

  6. Sources Say // December 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

    Because Jones killed my ‘Rider Pride’. I still love the Riders, I’m just not proud of them.

    • Agreed. Rider Pride is dead for me too. Or at least hibernating until Jones is gone, no matter how long that takes.

  7. being an avid als fan, why cut bowman, look at his stats, really guys. this is not the als problem, no qb n a crappy ol, there is your problem with the als. i don,t understand you arm chair managers at all.

  8. A great player who probably could still play at a high level if the desire is still there to do so. Some guys lose it in their mid 30s and some like Geroy Simon can go till they are 40. Depends on the position and the wear and tear they put up with every game.

  9. Time will tell // December 30, 2017 at 8:59 am //

    I never agree with blowing a team up. If you don’t have a replacement for Bowman and Hebert, why cut them? First, you find replacements through scouting, trading, drafting or free agency. Why create a hole that you can’t fill.

    • While I agree … like usual, a lot may depend on the new DC’s take on what Bowman can do/will fit and is willing to do.

  10. I agree. Torornto didn’t blow up the poor teqam from 2016. They took the strengths and added quality character players to the mix

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