Popp completes hat-trick before free agent deadline
Alouettes GM Jim Popp may still be in the midst of completing his coaching staff, but he never took his eye of the ball when it came to free agency.
The Als confirm what CJAD Sports' Joey Alfieri revealed Thursday---Moton Hopkins has re-signed after missing the entire 2012 season, but the club has also come to new terms with defensive back Seth Williams and runningback Dahrran Diedrick.
Hopkins suffered a blood clot and treatments deprived him of medical clearance to play last season, when he was a projected starter after a strong showing in 2011. He racked up 2 sacks in his Als' debut, 4 in just 10 games with only part-time duty. Former Als' D-line coach Mike Sinclair, now with Coach Trestman in Chicago, was high on Hopkins' potential.
Diedrick is a key special teams performer and will serve as insurance to Chris Jennings and Jerome Messam. He also plays a role in short-yardage and TE/FB formations.
Williams, while never in the spotlight as much as Dwight Anderson, is considered by some to be among the best cover-men in the CFL when he's at his best. He's former property of the New York Giants.
As previously reported by CJAD, no deal with Brandon Whitaker is expected. The former CFL rushing king recovering from major knee surgery is hoping for an NFL tryout that could reunite him with Marc Trestman in Chicago. Whitaker is expected to win medical clearance to resume his career in May.