Alouettes re-sign DL Michael Wakefield, sign LB Frederic Chagnon

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes have signed free agent Canadian linebacker Frédéric Chagnon to a one-year deal. This is his second stint with the team as he signed with the team in 2020 and took part in the club’s training camp the following year.

The Als also signed American defensive lineman Michael Wakefield to a one-year contract following his first season with the club.

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes

Chagnon scored his first career touchdown with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2021 following a blocked punt against the Toronto Argonauts. He also registered one defensive tackle and six on special teams in 14 games.

The six-foot-four, 233-pound defender played 17 games with the B.C. Lions in 2019, recording six special teams tackles. The Université de Montréal Carabins alumni has played 51 career games in the CFL, amassing 26 special teams tackles.

The 29-year-old Montreal native was drafted in the third round, 24th overall by the B.C. Lions in 2017. He had helped the Carabins win the Vanier Cup in 2014 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Wakefield registered 23 defensive tackles, four sacks, and four knockdowns in 12 games during the 2021 season, his first with the Alouettes. In four CFL seasons, the 28-year-old Valdosta, Ga. native has amassed 77 defensive tackles and 11 sacks, as well as an interception.

“The work Michael did last year for our defensive line was huge,” said Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia in a press release. “He is an aggressive player who makes all the players around him better. As for Chagnon, he knows our players and our team well. He will be very useful on our special teams.”