December 2012 After letting Eric Tillman go a week before their Eastern Semi-Final game, the Eskimos made their most significant off-season move – one that would shape their franchise for years to come – as they named Ed Hervey their new general manager. A two-time Grey Cup champion and former CFL All-Star, Hervey spent the previous four seasons as the Esks’ Head Scout.
through the 2011 season, Howard made an immediate impact finishing the season with a team-leading 11 quarterback sacks, 18 defensive tackles and two forced fumbles. They also released non-import receiver Glenn McKay but the real news surrounded the shuffling of the quarterbacks.
February 2013 On the second day in February, Hervey explains that Reilly will not be handed the #1 quarterback job but rather will compete for it with Matt Nichols who was coming off a serious ankle injury sustained in the playoffs.
After sustaining a scary injury in the playoffs, Nichols underwent a successful surgery the team announced on February 23 to remove a screw from his left ankle. The team also confirmed that he is on schedule to be healthy for the start of training camp.
March 2013 The first day of March kicked off with yet another trade as the Esks sent kicker Brody McKnight to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for draft picks. Later that day, they announced that the Mathieu Bertrand era ended in Edmonton, releasing the veteran fullback.
With the Combine underway, the Esks continued to add draft picks, trading DT Jermaine Reid to the Argonauts for two 5th round selections.
May 2013 Not as much wheeling and dealing this month for Ed Hervey but he did re-sign of import receiver Marcus Henry who ended ended his sophomore year with 382 yards and a touchdown on 28 receptions in just nine games. He also added non-import depth in the form of former Rider WR Ismael Bamba and former Argos project DL Gregory Alexandre.
Fast forward to the 2013 CFL Draft and the Esks went big along the defensive line, drafting hulking pass-rusher Stefan Charles and the powerful Elie Ngoyi.