December 21, 2010

Stamps leads trio of Esks signings


EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos have signed slotback Fred Stamps, defensive back Chris Thompson and defensive lineman Walter Curry to contract extensions.

The deals will see all three players remain with the CFL club through the 2012 season.

Thompson and Curry were slated to become free agents Feb. 16, 2011.

“We are very pleased to sign these three young men to new contracts,” Eskimos GM Eric Tillman said in a statement. “Fred and Chris are established all-stars and, as high character guys, they also bring value to the locker-room and the community. Walter, who joined us late in the season, is a strong interior player with a great work ethic.

“He was impressive in practice during October and with the benefit of a training camp we believe Walter will be a quality player for us too.”

Stamps had 80 catches for 1,223 yards and five touchdowns last season. It marked his second straight 1,000-yard season. He also had 43 tackles and a forced fumble in 18 games, all starts.

Curry joined the Eskimos on Sept. 25 after he was claimed him off waivers from the Toronto Argonauts. He spent the remaining seven games on the Eskimos reserve list.