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Edmonton Eskimos extend quarterback Trevor Harris through 2022

This time last year, the Edmonton Eskimos didn’t even know who their quarterback was going to be.

After all, Mike Reilly was heading toward the open market after six seasons with the club, despite Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland all but writing a blank cheque for the quarterback.

Reilly left.

Trevor Harris arrived.

And while the rest is history, Friday was all about looking to the future for the club. And it’s safe to say they won’t have any more questions as to who their quarterback is going to be for a long, long time.

With the announcement of a contract extension for Harris through to the 2022 Canadian Football League season, the Eskimos have determined they have indeed found their next franchise quarterback — just in case there was any lingering doubt after last season.

In 13 starts, Harris completed 71.8 per cent of his 478 pass attempts for 4,027 yards, only surpassed by Cody Fajardo’s 4,302 yards in 17 games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Harris also had 16 touchdowns against six interceptions, while rushing 48 times for 139 yards and six more TDs.

In an East Division semifinal win over the Montreal Alouettes, Harris set a CFL playoff record 22 consecutive completions, while at the same time breaking his own record from a season earlier with a completion percentage of 92.3.

“I’m grateful to be in Edmonton for the long haul. I have a deep conviction that we have something special building here and I wanted to show it through this contract, and I am thrilled to be part of it,” Harris stated in a Friday press release. “I can promise there will never be a day taken for granted that I get to be in the Green and Gold and the quarterback here.

“I’m viciously motivated to deliver daily for our fans and this city.”

Despite missing five games, thanks mainly to an injury to his throwing arm, Harris was voted the Eskimos nominee for most outstanding player after being named the CFL player of the month in both June and August.

About to enter his ninth CFL season, the 33-year-old Harris has 1,855 completions on 2,267 attempts for 22,182 passing yards, 120 touchdowns and 52 interceptions.

“Trevor gives us a chance to win every game that he steps on the field and his leadership and dedication off the field are second to none,” Sunderland was quoted in the same release. “We’re thrilled to keep him in the Green and Gold for the next three years and now we can start building around him.”

With Harris locked up, the attention can now turn to the 22 players on the Eskimos roster whose contracts are set to expire on Feb. 11 — one year to the day before Harris originally signed with the Eskimos alongside fellow former Ottawa Redblacks SirVincent Rogers and Greg Ellingson.

MOORE IN STORE

With their own quarterback situation under control, the Eskimos took steps toward causing more chaos for opposing ones, signing West Division all-star defensive tackle Mike Moore to a two-year extension.

The deal steers the six-foot-four, 269-pound Virginia product off the course of free agency he was headed toward in February.

In 2019, Moore’s nine sacks – from the interior of the defensive line, no less – led the way on an Eskimos defence that posted a co-CFL-leading 56 sacks.

“Mike Moore is a versatile all-star who can play multiple positions across the defensive line and we’re excited to have him stay in Edmonton for two more years,” Sunderland said in another press release issued Friday. “As great as he played last season, we feel he still has room to grow and the sky is the limit with him.”

Moore, 26, also set a career high 23 tackles last year before, as reported by 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, who broke the Moore signing Thursday evening, attending workouts with the National Football League’s Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions earlier this off-season.

“My family and I are happy to be here and somewhere we are loved,” Moore said in the release.

In his four seasons in the CFL, Moore has 50 tackles, 15 sacks and a forced fumble through 37 games.

RUBY RETURNS

What is six-foot-seven, 315 pounds and will be here for another couple years?

Jacob Ruby can answer: ‘This guy,’ after signing a contract extension through the 2021 season.

The starting left guard on in an Eskimos pass protection that surrendered a league-low 25 sacks – the next closest was the Calgary Stampeders’ 34 – is back to offer some added continuity to an offensive line that is also seeing centre David Beard return. Both Canadian O-linemen were set to hit free agency next month.

“Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Go Eskimos,” Ruby posted Friday on Twitter.

Originally drafted in the first round (eighth overall) in 2015 by the Montreal Alouettes, Ruby has 19 starts and 40 games in three seasons with the Eskimos.

In and out: The Eskimos also announced a pair of Canadians have been signed in fullback Alex Dupuis and defensive lineman Tariq Lachance. The six-foot-three, 243-pound Dupuis is back in the fold after spending 2017 and ’18 with the club, earning four receptions for 42 yards while primarily playing special teams in 25 games. He previously played twice as many games with the Toronto Argonauts, who drafted him in the fourth round (36th overall) in 2014. At six-foot-four and 260 pounds, Lachance was taken in the sixth round (52nd overall) last year by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but was released after training camp.

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Source: edmontonsun.com




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