Esks catch a couple of Argos

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos traded defensive tackle Eric Taylor for a pair of Canadian receivers Wednesday.

Coming from the Toronto Argonauts, who also get a conditional draft pick in 2011 from the deal, are 10-year CFL veteran Andre Talbot and fourth-year receiver Brad Smith.

"I'm really looking forward to the change. Edmonton has a reputation as a very well-run organization with a winning tradition, and I'm excited to be part of it," said Talbot, who has amassed 261 receptions for 3,402 yards and 17 touchdowns throughout 113 career games.

The Wilfred Laurier product was the Argos nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian in 2008. Originally taken in the fifth round of the 2001 draft, Talbot missed much of last year due to back and ankle injuries.

Smith had six starts last year where he made 14 receptions for 142 yards.

The Quebec native was drafted by the Argos in the sixth round of 2007 and has also spent time with the Montreal Alouettes.

"This is a fresh start," says Smith. "I've worked hard to earn a starting spot in the CFL and am eager to continue that development with the Eskimos".

Taylor started 19 games with the Eskimos over two seasons where he made 45 defensive tackles, five tackles for a loss, four pass knockdowns, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

Selected by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2004 draft, the six-foot-two, 309-pound import played college with the Memphis Tigers in his home state.

"I'm really excited to come to Toronto," Taylor stated in a press release.

"There's a great tradition of football in the city and I've heard good things about new head coach Jim Barker. I look forward to being part of the team and helping the Argonauts back into the playoffs."

IN AND OUT: The Argos announced the release of former Eskimos cornerback Jordan Younger.


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