Montreal, – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has acquired Canadien kicker Tyler Crapigna from the Toronto Argonauts in exchange of American kicker Boris Bede.
Crapigna (5’7”, 180 lbs.) is back with the Alouettes after spending some time with the team in 2019. In 49 career-games in the CFL, the 27-year-old kicker converted 98 of his 115 field goal attempts maintaining a 85,2% average. Hi longest field goal was of 53 yards, made with the Roughriders.
In three seasons in the Prairies, he amassed 8,370 yards on 139 kickoffs. In 2019 with the Argonauts, he amassed 2,576 yards on 41 kickoffs, for a 62,8 yard average, which placed him fourth in the CFL.
He spent his first three seasons in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, before heading to Toronto in 2019. The Nepan, ON native played collegiately for the McMaster University Marauders. He won the Vanier Cup in 2011 off of his double overtime field goal. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Calgary Stampeders in 2014 (40th overall).
Bede played 80 games with the Alouettes since 2015. The 30-year-old French player was chosen the Alouettes Most Outstanding Special Teams Player last season. The former Université Laval Rouge et Or kicker led the CFL with 5,772 yards on kickoffs.
“We knew that we had difficult decisions laying ahead of us and this is one of them. I want to thank Boris for everything he has done for the Alouettes,” said General Manager Danny Maciocia. “On top of giving us some salary cap maneuvering space, we acquired an experienced CFL kicker, on top of signing another kicker with good NFL experience. We should have a nice battle for this position in training camp.”
The Alouettes also signed American kicker Ryan Santoso (6’6”, 258 lbs.), who spent some time on the Alouettes’ practice roster in 2019. After coming to Montreal, the giant-sized kicker played three games with the Tennessee Titans and averaged 59,9 yards on 17 kickoffs. He also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars during his time South of the border. Last season, he also worked out for the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 24-year-old played collegiately for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. At Minnesota, the Pace, FL native made 29-of-39 field goals, with a career-long 52 yard field goal in 2014. He also converted 76-of-77 point-after attempts and scored 163 points (29 FGs and 76 PATs). He kicked off 168 times and recorded 80 touchbacks.
Santoso also punted 144 times and averaged 41.8 yards (fourth-best in school history). He placed 46 punts inside the 20 and had a career long of 68 yards in 2017.