The Edmonton Eskimos have acquired defensive halfback Jason Goss in a five-player deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Needing help to fix his ailing secondary, Danny Maciocia, coach and director of football operations, landed Goss without surrendering anyone from his starting roster.
"I think he is one of the top defensive backs in the CFL," said Maciocia of the third-year CFLer.
"He has eight picks already in his CFL career and four for touchdowns, so he knows how to make a big play when he does pick off the ball."
In exchange for Goss, the Esks gave up reserve receiver Richard Alston, Laval's Nicolas Bisaillon, a second-round draft pick (originally from Toronto) and the rights to quarterback Timmy Chang.
"I don't think some of those players we gave up would have played for us, with the exception of the draft pick," continued Maciocia.
Set to be a free agent at the end of 2007, the 27-year-old import has signed with the Eskimos for the next three years.
"We wanted to make sure he was going to be in Edmonton for a few years because clearly we had to give up some players to get him," Maciocia said.
Goss wanted out of Hamilton. Meanwhile, Edmonton's secondary is still haunted by Milt Stegall's infamous 100-yard touchdown last year. Sick of losing seasons in Hamilton and wanting to be closer to his ailing father in Texas, Goss wanted a trade to a team in the West Division.
"Actually, Edmonton was the team I wanted to go to," said Goss. "It feels great. I have pretty much a new beginning."
While Goss comes to Edmonton with impressive credentials on the field over three years, he does bring an interesting off-field history. He left the Tiger-Cats last August for personal reasons.