Brady would be welcomed

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The key veterans in the Edmonton Eskimo secondary would welcome Donald Brady back with open arms if he decides to return to the club.

Eskimo brass and Brady are apparently talking again - and the possibility exists that the all-star defensive back could re-surface after being released earlier this season.

And even though Brady's return would cause some roster shuffling in an effort to bolster the suspect secondary, the vets would love to see him.

"I was one of those people thinking why (did) they release him in the first place," said cornerback Malcolm Frank.

"His performance in (training) camp was good.

"But I think in the first two games I guess (the coaching staff) thought we played pretty well and could do it without him.

"But I guess sometimes you underestimate the leadership quality you have."

The Eskimo secondary has repeatedly been burned by big plays this year and is starting to resemble a revolving door.

Rookie Jonte Buhl is the new safety and rookie Roosevelt Williams started his first game at cornerback last night.

Frank admits some players might start to worry about their job if Brady returns.

"(Some players) will probably be shaking," he said.

But veteran Shannon Garrett knows Brady brings lots to the table.

"He's a veteran and knows how to play in the big games. He won two Grey Cups," he said.

"And he would be a great force on special teams."

The 32-year-old import could also fix a problem that is hampering this club this year: turnovers.

The defence isn't getting enough of them, sitting last in the league entering last night's tilt in the takeaway department.

"That is what we have been talking about the last week - getting some turnovers, getting the offence that ball back so we can get some points on the board," continued Garrett.

"And (Brady) was one of the best at stripping the ball."


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