TORONTO - The
Edmonton Eskimos continue to shore up their defence.
The Eskimos acquired all-star cornerback Jordan Younger from the
Toronto Argonauts on Friday for running back Tyler Ebell and receiver T.J. Acree.
Last week, the Eskimos acquired all-star defensive end
Fred Perry from the
Saskatchewan Roughriders for quarterback Steven Jyles. The clubs also exchanged second-round draft picks.
Edmonton has missed the CFL playoffs the last two years after winning the '05 Grey Cup.
The five-foot-10, 195-pound Younger spent the last four years with
Toronto and was an East Division all-star three times and a CFL
all-star twice. He played in 69 games with the Argos, registering 189
tackles, 11 interceptions and 31 knockdowns. He also helped the club
win the Grey Cup in 2004.
"We are getting ourselves another proven commodity in the CFL," said
Danny Maciocia, the Eskimos head coach and director of football
operations. "We are getting ourselves another proven commodity in the
Younger's departure could result in the Argos giving former Western
Mustang Leron Mitchell a shot at the starting spot in their
veteran-laden secondary. The six-foot-one, 200-pound Mitchell has
played primarily special teams the last two years but in December
attended a workout with the NFL's
Ebell fills a need for Toronto, which had released veteran running
backs John Avery and Robert Edwards in the off-season. Ebell led the
Eskimos in rushing as a rookie in 2007, running for 650 yards on 124
carries and a TD. He started 11 games for Edmonton.
Acree is a three-year CFL veteran. He started nine games last season
for Edmonton, registering a career-high 32 catches for 478 yards and
three touchdowns. He joined the Eskimos as a free agent after spending
two years with the B.C. Lions.
"This trade gives us a running back we feel will have a prosperous
future in this league for many years to come," Argos head coach Rich
Stubler said in a statement. "In Acree, we get a proven receiver who
makes tough catches.
"In order to get these great players, we had to give up a great player
in Jordan Younger who has been an all-star for us for many years. We
wish him all the best in his future with the Eskimos."
The acquisition of Ebell might spell a return to Edmonton for Avery.
The former NFL first-round draft pick began his CFL career with the
Eskimos, rushing for 1,448 yards. He left to play for the NFL's
Minnesota Vikings the following year, but returned to
Canada in 2004 and signed with Toronto as a free agent.
Since Avery's release from Toronto, there's been persistent talk the Eskimos were interested in securing his services.
The Argos also re-signed veteran offensive tackle Jerome Davis on Friday.
Davis spent most of last year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before
rejoining the Argos prior to their East Division final showdown against
Winnipeg. Toronto released him shortly afterwards, only to bring him back once again.
Prior to going to Hamilton, Davis spent two seasons (2005-2006) with
the Argonauts, starting 30 games at right tackle and earning East
Division all-star honours in 2006.
The Argos also signed defensive back Kenny Heatly, defensive end Seante Williams and defensive tackle Adrian Davis.