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February 15, 2017

Als ink the younger Westerman to 3-year deal

Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes have added more Canadian content to their defence, announcing Wednesday they’ve signed Jabar Westerman to a three-year deal.

Westerman, 27, joins another national in Keith Shologan in the middle of a re-worked Alouettes defensive line, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound tackle arriving after five seasons in BC.

“Jabar is an incredible force inside the trenches and he has a nice mix of size, character, speed and pure strength,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “We are extremely happy to add him to the mix. We really feel the acquisition of Jabar will strengthen even more our defensive line group for the years to come.”

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The deal keeps lines up Westerman with the Als through the 2019 season.

Throughout his half decade on the west coast, Westerman ammassed a total of 88 defensive tackles and 17 quarterback sacks over 85 regular season appearances. He also collected four forced fumbles and an interception since his CFL debut in 2012.

2016 was a career year for Westerman, who cumulated 17 defensive tackles and five sacks over 16 games.

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native, Westerman moved to Brampton, Ont. as a 10-year-old, eventually earning a second overall selection in the 2012 CFL Draft by the Lions.

He is a product of the Eastern Michigan Eagles football program, where he played 23 games in two seasons and collected 48 tackles and 5.5 quarterback sacks.

The younger brother of Bombers defensive end Jamaal, Westerman was named the 2012 West Division Most Outstanding Rookie.