Grey Cup champs sign pair of veterans

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

Nobody can accuse Hugh Campbell and the Eskimo brass of sitting still.

Less than a week after winning the Grey Cup in Vancouver, the club has signed Joe Montford and Troy Davis, ensuring they won't hit the free agent market in February.

Losing either player would have been a major problem.

Montford led the team with 10 sacks.

Davis rushed for nearly 100 yards per game during his four regular-season tilts and is one of the top three rushers in the country.

Both players signed for one year plus an option.

"I am really excited," said Montford from his Atlanta home.

"The minute I stepped into Edmonton they treated me, as well as my family, as royalty and the organization is like none other.

"So, I wanted to be here."

The Eskimos missed winning the sack race by just one to the Calgary Stampeders - and a lot of the credit goes to Montford.

Consistently drawing plenty of attention from the opposition offensive line, Montford makes life easier for the other defensive end.

Davis made life much easier for the Eskimo offence - and the entire team for that matter - upon his arrival via trade with Hamilton in October.

Giving the team an instant and productive running game, Davis helped the Eskimos roll to a 6-1 record in their final seven games.

The new contract with the Esks marks the end of an interesting year off the field for Davis.

During the winter he wanted to sign a long-term deal with Hamilton and end his career with the Tabbies.

"I was hired by Troy in February and I spoke with Hamilton until the beginning of the season (in June) and (a new contract) didn't happen," said agent Bob Kirchheimer.

"Then they brought in Rob Katz - he took over for Ron Lancaster - and it didn't get done."

But it didn't take long to get a deal done between Kirchheimer and the Eskimos.

Financial details of the signings weren't released.


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