EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos kicked off their off-season with a flurry of activity on Friday, signing four players to contract extensions, including soon-to-be free agent Marcell Young.
Offensive lineman Simeon Rottier, safety Corbin Sharun and wide receiver Shamawd Chambers are also among the signings, as General Manager Ed Hervey looks to solidify an already-strong core in Edmonton.
A 2012 first-round Eskimo draft selection, Chambers recorded 109 receptions for 1,221 yards and seven touchdowns in 45 games with Edmonton. His last season was a strong one despite it being injury shortened, recording 366 yards on 30 catches with one touchdown, including a career-high 12.2 yards per catch in 10 games.
He’s a prime 2015 breakout candidate after catching at least three passes in seven of 10 games played.
Rottier originally signed with Edmonton as a free agent on Feb. 3, 2012, and after a rocky first second season enjoyed a stellar 2014. An integral member of the Eskimo offensive line, he was named to the 2014 CFL All Star Team and was Edmonton’s nominee for Most Oustanding Offensive Lineman.
Sharun, a 2010 Eskimo draft selection and local product, recorded 77 career special teams tackles and three career defensive tackles.
A four-year Canadian Football League veteran, Young recorded 150 defensive tackles — including 43 in 2014 — seven special teams tackles, two quarterback sacks and five interceptions. He was slated to become a free agent on Feb. 10, 2015.