Reggie Durden glad to be in Edmonton

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:14 PM ET

Reggie Durden got the whirlwind tour.

The Edmonton Eskimos' most recent acquisition was in town yesterday to get a sneak peek at his new office.

Durden, a five-year CFL veteran defensive back, was traded to the Eskimos last week along with defensive lineman Robert Brown in exchange for defensive back Davis Sanchez.

The native of Houston, Texas, had played his entire CFL career with the Alouettes and was caught off guard by the trade.

Regardless, he was happy to be an Eskimo.

"I was with a good team, but now I'm with a better team," Durden said. "They beat us in the Grey Cup, so I thank the Lord for putting me on a better team."

A graduate of Florida State University, Durden, 29, had a strong season with the Alouettes. He recorded 54 tackles and had a pair of interceptions.

He also owns a Grey Cup ring.

"It was tough to leave Montreal," he said. "I spent my first five years in the CFL in Montreal. I have friends there and my family used to love coming up there. But I have to put that all behind me now. I'm in Edmonton and I have to look forward to what's ahead right now."

The Eskimos are familiar with what they are getting in Durden. During their Grey Cup encounter in November, Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia admitted trying to keep the ball away from Durden during the game.

When the opportunity arose to acquire the five-foot-eight, 170-pound defensive back from the Alouettes, the Eskimos jumped at the opportunity.

"When we started tossing around names, they clearly wanted Sanchez and we wanted a guy that could play halfback and corner and someone that was well-respected throughout the CFL," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia following the trade. "We wanted Reggie Durden in return."

Along with being able to play different positions in the Eskimos secondary, Durden is also available for use on special teams.

"I give it all on the field and I leave it out there," he said. "I come to play every game and that's what (fans) can expect out of me every week."

Now that he's a member of the Grey Cup champions, Durden is looking forward to defending the title.

"It's going to be a very hectic season, I believe, because everybody is going to be eyeing for the champion," he said.

"You're going to have a bull's-eye on your back - everybody is going to try and beat the champions. This team already knows how to win and I'm just here to add on to it."

During his brief visit in Edmonton this week, Durden got an opportunity to sit down with Maciocia. He also got an opportunity to get to know his new city.

"It's cold," Durden said. "But other than that I can get used to it.

"There's nothing drastic about it - I love playing the game of football so my heart can get adjusted to anything as long as I'm doing what I love. That's just the way it is, and I'm ready to take it on."


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