Former Alouettes, Elks linebacker Tre Watson selected in XFL supplemental draft

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Former CFL linebacker Tre Watson was selected by the St. Louis Battlehawks in the tenth round of the XFL’s recent supplemental draft.

The veteran indicated via text message to 3DownNation that he plans to sign with St. Louis “unless something changes dramatically.”

Watson opened this past CFL season as the starting middle linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes, though he was released in July following two incidents with unnamed personnel. He signed with the Edmonton Elks immediately after and started three games at middle linebacker, though he missed a significant amount of time due to injury.

The 26-year-old recorded 28 tackles and one sack over seven games with both clubs. He was released by the Elks following the season.

The native of Phoenix, Ariz. is the older brother of Green Bay Packers’ receiver Christian Watson, who was a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft out of North Dakota State. The brothers performed a jersey swap back in September.

Other former CFL players who were selected in the XFL supplemental draft include receivers Eli Rodgers, Hakeem Butler, and Nyquan Murray, offensive linemen Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Terry Poole, Tyler Catalina, and John Yarbrough, defensive lineman Travis Feeney, linebackers Josh Harvey-Clemons and Jordan M. Williams, and defensive backs Ranthony Texada and Will Likely.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.