A mystery worthy of Sherlock: Alouettes release starting middle linebacker Tre Watson

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The Montreal Alouettes have released American linebacker Tre Watson.

Watson started the first four games of the season at middle linebacker for the Als and recorded 17 defensive tackles and one sack. He is coming off arguably the best game of his CFL career after making five tackles and a sack against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which is why the news of his release has come as a surprise.

The 25-year-old dressed for eight games with the Als, making seven defensive tackles and seven special teams tackles. He started one game in place Ahmad Thomas, who started the rest of Montreal’s 13 regular season games at middle linebacker.

The six-foot-two, 230-pound linebacker played four seasons for the University of Maryland Terrapins and was named to the first All-Big Ten team and second Phil Steele All-American and FWAA All-American teams in 2018. He has previously played with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and XFL’s Dallas Renegades.