February 16, 2017

Esks sign former REDBLACKS Van, Whiteside

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

EDMONTON — Two former Ottawa REDBLACKS are headed west, as the Edmonton Eskimos announced Thursday the additions of running back Travon Van and defensive end Aston Whiteside.

Van, a Montana graduate, joins the Eskimos following two seasons in the nation’s capital. In nine games in 2016, the San Diego, Calif. native rushed for 422 yards and added 137 receiving yards.

On the other hand, the addition of Whiteside gives the Eskimos some help coming off the edge on the D-line.

The Abilene Christian joins recently-extended veterans Marcus Howard and Phillip Hunt following two seasons in Ottawa and one in Toronto.

Originally signed by Toronto in 2014, Whiteside played in 15 games and recorded 14 defensive tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles. In two seasons with the REDBLACKS, Whiteside finished with 26 defensive tackles, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles.