July 10, 2016

Riders acquire McKinley from Eskimos

Walter Tychnowicz/CFL.ca

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired international defensive lineman Cedric McKinley and a negotiation list player from the Edmonton Eskimos. In exchange the Riders have sent an eighth round selection in the 2018 CFL Draft and a negotiation list player to the Eskimos.

McKinley, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound interior defensive lineman, is currently in his third CFL season after originally signing with Edmonton in August, 2014. The 29-year-old Alabama native has played 15 career CFL games to date, totalling 12 defensive tackles.

This season, the University of Minnesota product has started two regular season games, registering two defensive tackles.

He won his first Grey Cup in 2015 as a member of the Eskimos.

The Eskimos also announced Sunday that linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis sustained a torn right bicep during last Friday’s overtime victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Recovery is approximately 12-16 weeks.

The team has added national wide receiver Andrew Johnson to the practice roster and released international quarterback Thomas DeMarco.