Packing their bags

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos' renovation job has begun.

Tied for last in the West Division, the Esks released imports Ray Perryman and Stevie Baggs yesterday.

The next move is to likely sign some new recruits, but nothing is official, yet.

"Ray Perryman is a Will linebacker not a Sam linebacker," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia, who had Perryman at SAM-linebacker earlier this year before Shannon Garrett took that job.

"Will-linebacker is being occupied by Siddeeq Shabazz and the guy right behind him is Kenny Onatolu, that we like an awful lot.

"We also have to make a little room here because in the next little while we are going to have some of our NFL players coming in."

NFL teams will make their first major round of cuts early next week, allowing for a feeding frenzy by CFL clubs. Edmonton has been to every camp with the exception of the Oakland Raiders.

Although Perryman had been reduced to a special teams player with Edmonton, he was shocked by the move.

So was Baggs, even though the defensive end was a healthy scratch in Regina last weekend.

"I am very surprised," said Perryman, who had teammates expressing the same sentiment.

Added Baggs, who came from Winnipeg as a free-agent signing at the end of training camp: "(I'm) shocked, upset, disappointed.

"I don't think I was given a fair opportunity."

In an ironic twist, Perryman and Baggs are roommates in this city.

"Will Loftus is the other roommate and I don't know what he's going to do," continued Baggs.

After breaking training camp with all kinds of hype, Perryman clearly struggled with covering defenders in the regular season.

Baggs has just one sack in seven games.

On a bye week, the Esks return to action on Sept. 3 in Calgary.


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