Alouettes sign 2017 No. 1 draft choice, DL Faith Ekakitie

The Montreal Alouettes have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Canadian defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie, per sources.

The 25-year-old was the top selection in the 2017 CFL Draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the pick was acquired as part of the Drew Willy trade to Toronto. But after one season Ekakitie was released among the Bombers final training cap moves.

Ekakitie played in 14 games making five tackles during his rookie year. He joins Jabar Westerman, Fabion Foote as interior Canadian defensive lineman on the Als roster.

Montreal gives Ekakitie an opportunity to prove himself.

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19 Comments on Alouettes sign 2017 No. 1 draft choice, DL Faith Ekakitie

  1. After all of their other big-name FA signings it’s a wonder that they have any cap space remaining! Have to speculate who’s being cut or being asked to take pay cuts to afford Ekakite – although he probably doesn’t have much leverage to command a big pay day.

    • What are you talking about ? The guy was just cut, Als got him for a song. Probably around 70k

  2. RicoBeBlue&Gold // June 14, 2018 at 11:50 am //

    Good on Faith. I hope it works out for him. It’s a ruthless buzz.

    • Prove This // June 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

      “Montreal gives Ekakitie an opportunity to prove himself.”
      Uh, he’s had one full season and two training camps to prove himself. That he was cut by the team that took him #1 overall means he’s failed twice to prove himself already.

  3. RicoBeBlue&Gold // June 14, 2018 at 11:51 am //


  4. I hope he drops some weight and turns it up a notch. Sometimes a trade or getting cut gives a player incentive to great deeds. I hope it works out for him. Good luck Faith!

  5. A top draft pick thrown in as a starter and managed 5 tackles last season. Another case of a top draft pick demanding more than minimum and then he can’t tackle the big guys in the pros.
    Maybe the Als can use him.

  6. Best CFL Fan // June 14, 2018 at 11:59 am //

    Als have at least been taking steps to improve the defence. But fans come out to see offence. McDuffie, Quinn III, Stangby all could add to Als offence, but no moves to bolster leagues worst offence.

  7. That’s cute. Bombers draft this guy to backup AllStar Westerman. Als sign Westerman and then get his backup for free.

    Got to love the CFL

  8. Macavity // June 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm //

    Putin, Westerman is an end, Ekakatie is definitely not.

    Jeff, Ekakitie was not ‘thrown in as a starter’ Bombers play a rotation on D-Line, so he popped up in many games, but never started.

  9. Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm //

    I wish the best for the guy. You sure get the impression here in Wpg that he had taken the criticisms from the coaches last year to heart and worked hard in the off-season, but just didn’t show enough to justify keeping him. Maybe being cut will help motivate the guy to get where he needs to get to. Wouldn’t totally shock me if down the road, this ended up being a great pick-up.

  10. The Guy lost 30 pounds in an off season and showed up with a good attitude. Either the Bombers completely blew their evaluation of the guy or they chose not to invest in the second year player. Either way, this is bad business.

    • Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm //

      Agreed he came into camp ready to rock and roll, but at the same time, he didn’t show any development since a disappointing first year.
      The Bombers had significant $$$ motivation to spend time on this guy – bonuses already paid – they just didn’t see a payoff for the Bombers. He was highly ranked as a draft pick, but never panned out. But he may very well turn out to be a great player…. TBD!

  11. canadianfootballfan // June 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm //

    A talented kid that clearly need better coaching and motivation than he has had to this point. I wish him well, and hope he realizes his true potential.

    • Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

      “Clearly”? How so?
      You kind of shoot your own argument in the foot: The fact he lost the 30 pounds sort of shows he was motivated. And I don’t think even the most hard-core Bomber-haters would call Mike O’Shea a poor coach.
      I think most likely he lacked the skills needed for this level, though it’s possible the Bombers just gave up on him too early and that isn’t a motivation or coaching issue… it’s a vision problem.

      • Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm //

        sorry… it was “Putin” that mentioned the 30 pound weight loss, but my point still stands

  12. This is a combination of things. Poor progression by Faith after blowing the first year, A change of ratio by the Bombers and the economics of the CFL. I don’t think O’Shea did anything wrong here. In fact to save face the org could have parked the kid, instead they ate their lump and allowed him to move on.

  13. MR. Green // June 14, 2018 at 5:40 pm //

    Hopefully this was a huge wake up call for the kid. We’ve all seen athletes get cut, move around and finally make that big step. Martin St. Louis comes to mind. Again some never get there. Too early to give up and Montreal may be the only team who has room to bring him in right now. Everyone else would have to cut someone better.

  14. Edward Leslie // June 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

    I think they gave up on him too quickly.
    Winnipeg should look to one of their own: Bob Cameron. He played longer than any other player, but was a late bloomer. He had to switch from Quarterback (Too Canadian I guess) to punter and then got cut by about a half a dozen CFL and NFL teams before finally finding a home, and a very long and sucessful career, with the Bombers.

    Good luck to Faith Ekakitie. For Montreal, it’s like getting another first round draft pick a month after they took Trey Rutherford. Let him back up Jabar Westerman at DT and have some patience with his development.

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