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Esks Name Ed Hervey General Manager Staff

TORONTO – As training camp draws near, takes a team-by-team look back at an off-season filled with trades, personnel changes and key signings and arguably no club was more active than the Edmonton Eskimos.

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.

The Esks capped off a busy final month of 2012 by inking their most prized potential free agent LB JC Sherritt. They also extended kicker Grant Shaw and released Devin Tyler.

January 2013
After locking up key potential FA's in his first few weeks on the job, Hervey inked DE Marcus Howard to a contract extension. Joining the Esks midway

Esks Introduce QB Mike Reilly

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.

Out was Steven Jyles - released on January 21 - and in was Mike Reilly who was acquired from the Lions in a trade for draft picks six days later.

The Green and Gold also re-shaped thier coaching staff, hiring veteran CFL coaches Greg Marshall and Doug Sams as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator respectively.  

A day later, Edmonton also announced the release of two defenders, linebacker Rod Williams and DE Lee Robinson.

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.

Already cleared of Cory Boyd, the Eskimos made even more room in what was a busy backfield, trading non-import RB Jerome Messam to the Alouettes for a 6th round draft pick.

A day later, they completed a five-player deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to acquire non-import linebacker Nathan Kanya and the rights to non-import offensive lineman Carson Rockhill.

After adding a long list of new coaches to support Kavis Reed, the Esks turned their attention to free agency where they signed Chris Thompson to an extension before the deadline and put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with star receiver Fred Stamps.

Wasting little time, the Eskimos were the first to make a significant splash in the free agent pool, signing defensive end Odell Willis away from Saskatchewan.  They also added depth in the defensive backfield by signing DB Chris Rwabukamba along with DB Marcell Young and also adding non-import OL Alexander Krausnick..

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. 

Fan Comments
Ron Murphy
Myself, I think the Esks are a force to be reckoned with. Will they win the West, that remains to be seen. On paper all the teams, both West and East seem to have improved themselves.
May 22, 2013 - 9:10pm
als rule
as usual every TC each and every team looks inprove until labour day shows up!!
May 23, 2013 - 12:03pm
Just call them the Eskimo Ticats! :-) LOL!
May 22, 2013 - 8:58pm
als rule
what? oh I get it now the traditions will continue both in the basement!! LOL LOL LOL
May 23, 2013 - 12:13pm
Als rule, I'd be concerned if I were you. You have a new coach and an aging quarterback. Montreal will not do well this year.
May 22, 2013 - 6:15pm
als rule
a new coaching staff for a 1st place team from 2012 and a QB who contin ues to lead the league!! so why should things change this year? right they won't!!
May 23, 2013 - 12:20pm
als rule
all this shake rattle and roll will equal absolutely nothing other then last place in the western conference!!
May 22, 2013 - 3:37pm
Als rule: the sage who knows all. Not. Thanks for your "peanut gallery" comment. We will be fine. You worry about your new coach.
May 22, 2013 - 4:44pm
good one eskinator.
May 22, 2013 - 8:21pm
ride em rough
Ya I agree eskinator the Als will have enough of their own problems this year. Third place will look good on them.....
May 22, 2013 - 10:30pm