Hello, Davis

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Danny Maciocia's harvest of Montreal Alouettes continues unabated.

You can add defensive back Davis Sanchez to the list of former Als who'll be wearing an Edmonton Eskimos jersey this season and beyond.

"(President and CEO) Hugh (Campbell) and I have been talking for two weeks and finalized a deal this morning," announced San Francisco-based lawyer Ken Vierra, who represents the 30-year-old Sanchez. "He's an elite corner who's Canadian."

LABOUR DAY MELEE

Sanchez also played for the Calgary Stampeders in 2003, and was at the centre of the Labour Day melee which saw Esks wide receiver Ed Hervey strike an official with his helmet while attempting to get at the talkative corner.

Hervey was tossed from the game in which the two teams were assessed 416 yards in penalties.

The newest Esk is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference today.

Montreal, Ottawa, the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg were also pitching for five-foot-11, 185-pound Sanchez's services.

None, however, could match what the Esks offered in the deal, which is for three years with a club option for a fourth.

"It was a fairly big signing for them," Vierra said. "There were several teams involved. Throughout it, Mr. Campbell was patient, professional and always a gentleman.

"The interest was sincere and they put together the best package. It was the most impressive place for Davis to be."

Although B.C. would have been a good fit for Sanchez, who makes his off-season home in the Vancouver area, Vierra says the Lions were the lowest bidders.

Financially, the new deal is comparable to the one Sanchez signed with Calgary in 2003. That would make his contract with Edmonton worth roughly $840,000 over four seasons.

Ultimately, the pact could be worth more.

"We did a three-and-one with the idea this deal would probably be revisited after three, if we get there," said Vierra.

Fishing Sanchez out of the free-agent pool is good news from a ratio standpoint but not particularly good news for incumbent import corner Darrel Crutchfield.

While Crutchfield has not yet been released, that move now appears imminent.

SIXTH OVERALL

Sanchez attended the University of Oregon and was selected sixth overall by Montreal in the 1999 Canadian college draft.

Following two seasons with the Als, Sanchez signed with San Diego and saw action in two NFL campaigns. He signed with Calgary at the start of the '03 CFL season and was dealt to Montreal prior to last season.


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