Esks strike three off list

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

The Eskimos took three potential free agents off the market yesterday by announcing the signings of offensive linemen Kevin Lefsrud and Dan Comiskey and running back/returner Mike Bradley.

Lefsrud will continue to add his veteran presence to the Esks offensive line which was undermined by injury last season.

"I'm retiring as an Eskimo and everybody around the league knows that," said Lefsrud, who joined the Esks prior to the 2003 campaign after playing his first three CFL seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.

"It'll be a cold day in hell - even colder than today - before I'd leave Edmonton. If I got traded, I quit. I'm an Eskimo until I'm done."

A Viking native, the 27-year-old Lefsrud was Edmonton's starting right guard until Tim Prinsen was sidelined by a season-ending knee infection.

The Esks' 2004 outstanding lineman nominee took over from Prinsen and started the final four regular season games as well as the Western semifinal versus Saskatchewan at centre.

"I have no idea where I'm playing on the line," Lefsrud chuckled. "All I've been told is train (during the off-season) and be an offensive lineman."

On top of his six-foot-five, 300-pound frame, the durable Comiskey brings an iron-man streak to the table. Comiskey has started all 54 regular-season games since being dealt to the Esks from Saskatchewan in 2002.

"Not only are they quality football players, they're quality Canadians as well," Esks head coach Danny Maciocia said.

"(Lefsrud et al.) are impact players and those are hard to find."


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