EDMONTON — Edmonton Eskimo General Manager Eric Tillman was true to his word, opening the 2011 CFL free agency period by bolstering his club’s Canadian talent.
The Edmonton Eskimos made non-import offensive lineman Brian Ramsay the first free agent signing after the 12:01am eastern deadline on Wednesday morning.
Ramsay appeared in 13 games and the East Semi-Final for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 2010 after being traded to Hamilton from Toronto on June 24th.
The Victoria, BC native spent three years with the Argonauts after being drafted in the fifth round (39th overall) in the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft. Ramsay has appeared in 64 career games (33 starts) in his four-year career.
The Edmonton Eskimos inked their second non-import free agent – and second ex-Hamilton Tiger-Cat – as defensive lineman Jermaine Reid signed with the football club about an hour later.
Reid appeared in nine games with the Hamilton Tiger Cats last season recording nine defensive tackles, three quarterback sacks, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble.
The Ontario native was drafted by Hamilton in the second round (ninth overall) in the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft. Reid has compiled 27 defensive tackles, four quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery in his four-year career.