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The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has made another catch in the free agent market as national defensive end Jamaal Westerman signed a two-year deal with the team.
Westerman (6’3”, 249 lbs.) collected seven sacks in 11 games last season before a season-ending upper body injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. The 32-year-old will now get the opportunity to play with his brother Jabar for the first time at the professional level.
“We are thrilled to have signed Jamaal and to be able to reunite him with his brother on our defensive line. Jamaal is a disruptive force on the field who leads by example,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “Not only did we get better on defence with this move, but we also changed our ratio.”
The Brooklyn, NY native joined the Bombers in 2015 season began after spending five seasons in the NFL. In 47 games in Winnipeg, Westerman has tallied 118 tackles, 32 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was also named a West Division All-Star and was the West Division nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian in 2015.
In 58 career games in the NFL with the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, he cumulated 45 tackles and six quarterback sacks, while forcing a fumble and recovering four. The former Rutgers University Scarlet Knight completed his collegiate career with 141 tackles, including 45 for losses. His 26 career sacks ranked him third highest in Rutgers school history.