Canadian DL Jamaal Westerman chooses Alouettes

Canadian defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman has agreed to terms with the Montreal Alouettes, according to Winnipeg Free Press reporter Jeff Hamilton.

Westerman suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that ended his 2017 campaign prematurely. At the time he was tied for second in the CFL lead in sacks with seven. He has played in 47 CFL games making 32 sacks and forcing four fumbles. The 32-year-old spent six seasons in the NFL making 60 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble before coming north where he was a CFL all-star in 2015, Westerman’s first year in the three-down league.

Winnipeg made multiple efforts to retain Westerman before free agency opened.


17 Comments on Canadian DL Jamaal Westerman chooses Alouettes

  1. BlueBomberChris // February 14, 2018 at 11:15 am //

    Sucks to lose him but oh well, can’t keep everyone. This should at least cut down the number of personal fouls the Bombers get called on this season. Have to believe the family connection was the deciding factor
    Best luck in MTL, except the two games against the Bombers!

    • Dan Bombers // February 14, 2018 at 11:39 am //

      Totally agree on all points

      • Paul Bomber // February 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm //

        Yeah…with you. The roughing penalties sorta balanced off the effectiveness. He was also a ratio changer but balanced off against his age and potential issues with durability going forward.
        BUT… I think he also has some leadership qualities… at least I’ve gotten that impression…. I’m thoroughly and positively not sure what I think about losing him.

  2. Brothers together

  3. He’s nuts. The Bombers offered him $40,000 a year raise & he turned it down. But if he wants to play with his brother on that dumpster fire of a team in Montreal then more power to him. Hope he enjoys his 4 win season.

  4. I’m good with this. 33yrs old, been a decline in productivity, Bombers have solid “cheaper” replacement talent and he goes to a non-contender team. Only losses are his citizenship and character in the locker room. Best of luck Jamaal, you’re going to need A LOT of it in Montreal.

  5. All the best to you in Montreal.

  6. George Porge // February 14, 2018 at 11:48 am //

    Als seem to be at least improving a bit with the last couple of signings. Here’s hoping we can finally see the Als turn the post-Calvillo corner sometime before the decade is out.

    All they need now is a good replacement for Kavis Reed.

  7. Hope Jamaal got it up front, Al’s seem to have a style of cutting big signings the day before the $$ are due.
    In the least he needs to ensure his apartment lease renewal date/bonus date are the same.

  8. Edward Leslie // February 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm //

    Westerman was a beast in Winnipeg. Yes, he got injured for the first time in three years in the CFL, but he was among the defensive leaders when it happened.
    Kavis Reed said the team needed to develop young quarterbacks… then goes out and signs 30 year old Josh Freeman. Then they seem to be in a hurry to dump Kyries Hebert (despit 110 tackle season!) because of his age, but add 33 year old Westerman.
    Kavis Reed, please explain.

  9. His leadership and production will be missed. His ill-timed penalties…not so much. Oh well, right about that time Corney steps up and takes that next step anyway.

  10. Stephen Fisher // February 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm //

    I seem to remember, especially two years ago, JW taking really dumb penalties that hurt the team. Als already have enuf dumb (especially in management).

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