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Montreal Alouettes Reportedly Agree to Sign Canadian DT Derek Wiggan, Release DT Almondo Sewell

Per sources, the Montreal Alouettes have agreed to sign Canadian defensive tackle Derek Wiggan. It is expected to be a 1-year deal. The Alouettes also announced the release of American defensive lineman Almondo Sewell on Thursday.

DT Derek Wiggan – Queen’s (31 y/o, 6’1, 303 lbs)

Derek Wiggan was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the 4th round (34th overall) in the 2014 CFL Draft. Since then he has played in 117 games over 7 seasons all with Calgary. He has accumulated 149 tackles, 17 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception.

The deal will not be signed until February 13 or after when free agency opens but teams are allowed to negotiate with players now.

DT Almondo Sewell – Queen’s (31 y/o, 6’1, 303 lbs)

The Montreal Alouettes also announced the release of 6-time CFL All-Star Almondo Sewell. He first entered the league with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2011. He has played in 185 CFL games racking up 334 tackles and 69 sacks. He played the majority of his CFL career with Edmonton from 2012 to 2020 after a brief stint in the Arena Football League.

Sewell played for the Alouettes from 2021 to 2023. He played in 46 regular season games for Montreal over which time he made 52 tackles and 9 sacks. He had 1 year left on his contract and was previously set to make $145,000. Over the past 3 seasons with Montreal, he started in every game he played defensive tackle.

Sewell started in all 3 of the Alouettes’ playoff games on their Grey Cup run. Over the playoffs, he contributed 3 tackles, 2 of which were run stops. He also assisted with a run stop and generated 3 QB hurries.

There have been some key moves to Montreal’s defensive line recently. Last week their 2023 first-round pick Lwal Uguak signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Montreal also agreed to sign Canadian defensive end Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund earlier this week.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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