Alouettes were in the mix for Riders DE Charleston Hughes

The Montreal Alouettes were involved in trade discussions with Calgary for defensive lineman Charleston Hughes before deciding to withdraw, per sources.

Hughes ultimately ended up in Saskatchewan and the Alouettes ultimately signed Canadian defensive end Jamaal Westerman in free agency – dolling out big dollars to do it – pairing him with John Bowman. The cap difference for Hughes compared to Westerman – Canadian passport factors into the equation in a large way – is between $70,000 to $80,000.

The Alouettes ranked last in the league with 25 sacks in 2017.

Westerman suffered a shoulder injury that ended his 2017 campaign prematurely. At the time he was tied for second in the CFL lead in sacks with seven in 11 games. 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.

Hughes, despite being 34 years old, was a CFL all-star recording 40 tackles, 11 sacks and one forced fumble in 14 games. That’s nearly half of Montreal’s entire season sack total. Hamilton acquired Hughes and a fourth-round, 34th overall pick in the 2018 CFL draft from the Stamps and the Ticats give up their fourth-round, 28th overall pick in the same draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2019 CFL pick-fest. After that deal was completed, Hamilton sent Hughes to Saskatchewan for quarterback Vernon Adams, a former Alouette.

Hughes played in 147 games for the Stampeders recording 372 tackles, 99 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, three interceptions and one defensive touchdown. The two-time Grey Cup champion had spent his entire career in Calgary until he was dealt to Hamilton. Hughes has led the CFL in sacks twice in his career, 2013 and 2016. He leaves Calgary tied for the franchise record in sacks at 99.

Five out of the last six seasons Hughes has notched double-digit sack totals. He’s been a league all-star four times. Hughes is under contract for the 2018 season after signing a two-year extension before the start of the 2017 campaign.

Hughes and John Bowman paired together could’ve been fun, but Westerman makes a great bookend.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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19 Comments on Alouettes were in the mix for Riders DE Charleston Hughes

  1. Blue rules // March 8, 2018 at 10:44 am //

    Hughes is a great signing for Saskatchewan. But love the comment “Hughes ultimately ended up is Saskatchewan” after Montreal “deciding to withdraw”… funny, it reminds me of “Let’s make a deal” when you loose and end up with nothing……Zonk!

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  2. Puck Hog // March 8, 2018 at 10:49 am //

    JD, you say Bowman and Hughes could have been fun. Well, then, Jefferson and Hughes are going to be downright, 6-Flag hilarious!!!!!

  3. Green Hornet // March 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm //

    Hughes is actually under contract through 2019 as he signed an extension with Saskatchewan for an additional year as per the Rider website on February 19th.

  4. He’s happy he left the sinking ship known as Calgary, Alberta.

    • greenenvy? // March 9, 2018 at 12:55 am //

      I believe he was kicked off the ship. Excess baggage in Calgary but could be good in Sask.

  5. I would go after some practice roster guys from the Stamps they always seem to find amazing defensive lineman

  6. Hughes and Jefferson as our D line book ends – just might be unstoppable. Great acquisition. QBs gonna be nervous.

    • And Evans in the middle, and I’m sure there are times when we’ll see a front 4 that adds Nick James as well. Our front 7 looks like it could be very, very, good this year. 🙂

      • I just hope we get the O line shored up so the D isn’t camping out on field for 3/4 of the game RFD

      • greenenvy? // March 9, 2018 at 12:25 am //

        Oh for Pete’s sake, Plus 5. Good DL yes but get real about your LB’s. They’re the worst trio in the league from what you got to choose. Seriously???

        • Eguavoen, and Moncrief were strong backers when needed last year. I would think Eguavoen will fill Muambas void. Will see what Judge, Francis etc will bring in camp…but clearly your scouting report says different envy.

          • greenenvy? // March 9, 2018 at 4:38 pm //

            Well, Muamba only missed one game last year but the Lions ran for 154 yards on the defence that day. Not a large sample so doesn’t necessarily tell you much but I can give you a vivid example of what happens when your MLB is out from last year if you like. It’s your LB’s that have a large say on your running game. 17 of the top 25 players that made the list of most defensive plays are LB’s. The top 9 are LB’s & 7 of those are MLB’s. Only Rider LB on the top 25 “playmakers” is Muamba. Mtl had 3 LB’s, BC, Cal, Edm, Ham & Tor 2. If you look just at tackles your top 6, all MLB, had over 90. Hurl had his BEST season with 65 but over his career games which come out to the equivalent of 6 18 game seasons averages 33 tackles/season. You may not think you have a problem but I don’t know why. I will almost guarantee you this right now. Jones cannot possibly be thinking of going into the season with Moncrief, Hurl & Egouavoen. As a regular poster here keeps saying, yes you have a lot of LB’s. So do other team rosters. FB’s & LB’s are perfect body types for ST. Most of them like, in your case, the Bartletts, Chevriers, Gagnes & Grondins will never be starters, no different from other teams. I don’t consider these depth positions – to be clear, not with the Riders or other teams with all their “depth” LB’s or 4 FB’s. One of the top DL’s in the league last year was missing their MLB for a good chunk of the season. Games he missed the team was last by a sizeable margin in rushing defence. Games he was in the rushing yards allowed would have been 1st in the league. Just stats, Yup, but it is what it is.

          • I’m certainly not going to compare Hurl to Muamba because there is no comparison. Who’s to say Eguavoen doesn’t step up if given the start envy ? New season new year so unless you can predict the future your 2017 stats are now in the past. Our DB situation concerns me most on D and the O Line needs to be buttoned up, but that’s just my opinion. Again, we will see what shakes down in June.

          • greenenvy? // March 9, 2018 at 10:35 pm //

            Well this has been done to death & you’re quite right about 2017 Stats being in the past. And yet I keep hearing about how great Hughes, Collaros, Messam, pick any number of players from various teams, are going to be based upon what? Precisely – the PAST. See Puck Hog above, Adrian, RFD just in this item. Even a fellow named Yup references “strong backers” available. We shall see. Cheers.

          • It certainly appears as though your opinion is the only one that matters so this indeed has been flogged enough. Not entirely sure who your team is but they clearly have their sh*t wired tight. Enjoy the season envy and be sure to put another pin in your Jones voodoo doll.

  7. Tinhead296 // March 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm //

    At least Hughes was smart enough to sign with the Riders and stay away from the train wreck in Montreal.

  8. riderslide // March 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm //

    I’m sure the riders had him sign using a crayon and put down an ‘X’ as not to upstage the rest of the team.

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