Attitude not enough for Steeves

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Jeremy Steeves is as sharp as a tack with a great attitude.

Success in life is not going to be a question.

But he will not have success with the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Green and Gold cut the rookie safety yesterday - along with rookie offensive lineman Tony Tella.

"It is frustrating," said Steeves. "It is news you never want to hear.

"And news I guess I didn't anticipate.

"I was just happy to be back at practice (Tuesday)."

The 24-year-old non-import received the dreaded news after Tuesday's practice.

But by yesterday morning, life was moving forward.

"I am over being disappointed (about being cut). I am just excited to actually find out what my next step is going to be in life," said Steeves, displaying that great attitude.

Playing in just four games this year, Steeves clearly wasn't part of the Eskimos' grand plan.

Coupled with the fact the Esks have been picking up players left and right in the last few weeks, Steeves was also sent packing for salary cap reasons.

"You always have to factor it in," said head coach Danny Maciocia on the $4.05 million salary cap.

If another CFL team doesn't pick up Steeves soon, he could return to his New Brunswick home to be a substitute teacher until Christmas.

But the long-term plan is clear.

"It is back to Tennessee for me (after Christmas) to pursue my master's degree in bio-mechanics," he said.

"And hopefully train with the (University of Tennessee) Volunteers again and hopefully get an invite to (a CFL) training camp again next year."

As for Tella, he appeared in just two games this year. The recent acquisition of fellow import lineman Trey Darilek likely spelled the end of the line for Tella.


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