Alouettes sign former Denver Broncos’ draft pick Keishawn Bierria after release from Riders

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Former NFL linebacker Keishawn Beirria has found a new CFL home after being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders last month, inking a contract with the Montreal Alouettes.

Bierria entered the CFL in 2021, playing 13 games for the Edmonton Elks. He recorded 50 tackles, two sacks and one interception as a rookie, but was released in the offseason. The six-foot-one, 223-pound backer briefly signed with the Riders, dressing in two games without getting on the stat sheet.

The Carson, California native was selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round, 217th overall during the 2018 NFL Draft. He saw action in all 16 regular season games for the Broncos as a rookie and made five tackles. In 2019, the California native spent time with Denver, Jacksonville and Arizona, suiting up for five games.

Bierria played four NCAA seasons at the University of Washington (2014-2017), racking up 240 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, seven-and-a-half sacks, four defended passes, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries over 50 games. The former Husky was named Second-Team All-Pac-12 in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The Alouettes also announced the release of three players, including National linebacker Eric Mezzalira, American defensive end Isaiah Gay, and American offensive lineman Clayton Bradley.

Mezzalira signed with the team last week and had yet to play a game. The Hamilton, Ontario native registered 11 special teams tackles in 22 games over two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, who had drafted him in the second round, 17th overall, in the 2018 CFL Draft. He later spent time with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Gay, a native of Nashville, North Carolina, dressed in the team’s Week 9 game and did not record a stat. He played five seasons with the University of Illinois from 2017 to 2021, racking up 133 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, eight pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

Bradley has spent the duration of the 2022 season on the Alouettes’ practice roster. He played his final collegiate season at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) after transferring from the University of Southern California (USC). The six-foot-six, 310-pound native of Orange, California played in four games for the Rebels in 2020 and was named to the academic All-Mountain West Team that year.