Winnipeg made multiple attempts to retain Canadian defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman, according to Winnipeg Free Press reporter Jeff Hamilton.
According to sources, Jamaal Westerman made it clear he wanted to test free agency. The Bombers were said to have spent weeks trying to retain him, offering three separate offers, with the last one coming in at nearly $200,000 — a raise of almost $40K from 2017. #wfp
— Jeff Hamilton (@jeffkhamilton) February 14, 2018
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.