Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed took responsibility for the contract stipulation that allowed defensive lineman Justin Zimmer to be released and sign with the Atlanta Falcons.
“That was a mistake on our behalf that we will take full blame for,” Reed said.
The league office admitted it allowed the Alouettes to sign Zimmer to a CFL deal that included language that made such an arrangement part of the actual contract.
“In this case, a contract for Justin Zimmer was registered with the CFL in November 2017. That contract included a clause that would grant Zimmer his release should he receive an NFL offer. This did not constitute a side deal,” the league said in a statement. “Having said that, such a clause is against our procedures. That contract should not have been registered by the CFL. ”
Reed acknowledged the error was with the Alouettes even though the CFL took the blame.
“We put a statement in there that should not have been in there. So the young man was able to leave,” Reed said.
“Those things, unfortunately, happen without calling it a clerical mistake I would call it a mistake that was added in there.”