Barrenechea moves to No. 1 on depth chart

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

Agustin Barrenechea is going to be front and centre at Eskimo training camp this spring.

While the Eskimos are trying to sign some rookie middle linebackers at the moment, it appears Barrenechea will be No. 1 on the depth chart to replace A.J. Gass.

"I wouldn't have any real problem - mentally, physically - (at middle linebacker). I have done it before and I know I can do it," said Barrenechea from his southern Ontario home.

For parts of three seasons (2004-06), Barrenechea started in the middle for Hamilton. In 2005, he finished third in the CFL in defensive tackles.

A trade brought him to Edmonton last year and he finished the campaign with a new three-year contract.

"It is not like he is a raw rookie coming in," said Gass on Barrenechea.

"He came in last year and knows the system. It is not like bringing in a brand new American guy that doesn't know anything about the league.

"In my opinion he has a bright future."

At 28, Barrenechea is also a non-import, which means he could be a key ratio-changing factor for the Eskimos this season.

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Non-import veteran Michael Botterill will also be given a shot to replace Gass at camp.


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