Realty One

Sunday, July 22, 2018


The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Sunday that the football club has acquired national defensive end Jamaal Westerman, international wide receiver Chris Williams and two first-round draft selections (2020, 2021) from the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for international quarterback Johnny Manziel, international offensive lineman Tony Washington and national offensive lineman Landon Rice.

Westerman, 33, has appeared in five games with the Alouettes this season, posting 19 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks. In 52 career CFL games with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2015-17) and Alouettes (2018), the 6-3, 249-pound native of Brooklyn, New York, has registered 137 defensive tackles, 35 quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles. In 2015, he ranked second in the CFL with 17 sacks and first among CFL defensive linemen with 61 tackles, while being named both a CFL and West-Division All-Star, and the West Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian.

Prior to joining the CFL, Westerman appeared in 58 career National Football League games with the New York Jets (2009-11), Arizona Cardinals (2012), Indianapolis Colts (2012), Buffalo Bills (2013) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2013). The Rutgers University product collected 62 combined tackles, six quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries during his NFL career.

Williams, 30, has suited up in four games with Montreal this season, hauling in 15 receptions for 283 yards and a touchdown. In 76 career CFL games with the Tiger-Cats (2011-12), Ottawa Redblacks (2015-16), B.C. Lions (2017) and Alouettes (2018), the 5-9, 155-pound native of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, has recorded 371 receptions for 5,520 yards and 34 touchdowns, 15 carries for 64 rushing yards, 165 punt returns for 1,668 yards and five touchdowns, 23 kick returns for 457 yards and one touchdown, and seven missed field goal returns for 292 yards and one touchdown.

In 2011, Williams was voted the CFL rookie of the Year before being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Team Player and a CFL All-Star in 2012. The New Mexico State University product has been named to the CFL East Division All-Star team four times (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) and won the Grey Cup in 2016 with the Ottawa Redblacks. He has also spent time in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (2009), Cleveland Browns (2009), New Orleans Saints (2013) and Chicago Bears (2013-14).


Football Fan said...

Wow, what a terrible trade for Hamilton. On the face of it they were trading an asset that was sitting on their bench, Manziel, to help make them better this year, but somehow they ended up trading away their starting LT, one of the most important players on any football team! If they don't find an good replacement for him immediately they could end up taking a step BACK because of this trade. And apart from the fact that you don't really know what you've got until someone steps in and plays - see Jarvis Harrison - I don't see anyone on their roster who is even a good prospect. Unbelievable. Eric Tillman being Eric Tillman. Brings back memories of the first round draft pick for Henri Childs trade, amongst others. *Shudder*

Anonymous said...

I think it’s a terrible trade for both teams. Hamilton traded away their present and Montreal traded away their future.

John Knight said...

To football fan. WHY. Manziel was going to ride the pine so why not get something for him. He could be a huge flop in the CFL. Looks like a good trade for both teams.

Just saying said...

Kavis Should have asked for a top end shovel also, as he just keeps on digging deeper and deeper.

Morgan said...

You're joking right? Montreal just traded their best offensive player and best defensive player for a QB who has barely played and has been riddled with personal problems. This trade is a bust for Montreal either way. If Manziel succeeds then he'll be gone after next season... if he doesn't then the als continue to rot in the basement. Reed has already mortgaged his franchise's future with his previous trades by sending away top draft picks... this trade just made things worse. The only thing good the Montreal gets here is a QB who may be able to step in and start in a couple of weeks for them (once he learns the playbook). And they get a solid lineman in up two first round picks in this deal is completely ludicrous!

Football Fan said...

@ Morgan. You seem very confused. First of all there are about half a dozen statements in there that are either false or very misleading, but beyond that your whole post is about Montreal, but my whole post was about Hamilton. So you do seem confused.