Montreal Alouettes sign former Edmonton Elks edge rusher Andrew Ankrah

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed American defensive lineman Andrew Ankrah.

The six-foot-four, 249-pound edge rusher registered a special teams tackle in his only outing with the Edmonton Elks in 2021. The 26-year-old made 177 tackles, 26 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, and eight forced fumbles in 53 games with the James Madison University Dukes.

“We are pleased to count on a player of Andrew’s caliber. Even though he is young, he already has precious professional experience,” said Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia in a statement.

“Everywhere he played he has demonstrated his aptitudes to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. We are looking forward to him doing the same thing in an Alouettes uniform.”

The Gaithersburgh, Md. native then played for the Orlando Apollos in the AAF with whom he registered 14 tackles and three sacks in eight games in 2019. He signed a contract with the Washington Commanders and made five tackles during the team’s preseason games. In 2020, he played five games with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL, amassing 14 tackles and two sacks.