Edmonton Eskimos sign two free agents

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

After ignoring the opening of the free agency window a year ago, this time around the Edmonton Eskimos couldn't ignore the fact that changes must be made.

The club signed a pair of veteran Canadians along the line of scrimmage shortly after the gates opened Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. ET.

Fifth-year offensive lineman Brian Ramsay joins the Eskimos after spending last season with the Hamilton Tiger-cats.

The six-foot-seven, 298-pound New Mexico product spent three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts after being drafted in the fifth round (39th overall) in 2006. The Victoria, B.C., native has played in 64 games, making 33 starts in four seasons.

Fellow former Ticats teammate Jermaine Reid was added to bolster an Eskimos defensive line that left a big question mark at defensive tackle after non-import Adam Braidwood -- the first-overall draft pick in 2006 -- was arrested on assault and weapons charges earlier in the off-season.

The six-foot-four, 275-pound Reid, a native of Pickering, Ont., is also in his fifth CFL season after being drafted by the Ticats in the second round (ninth overall) of that same draft.

The Akron product has 27 tackles -- two for a loss -- four sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 43 career games with just eight starts.

Both deals were estimated to be worth $85,000 annually, plus bonuses, which brings approximately a $300,000 hit to the team's $4.3 million cap when combined with last week's acquisition of former Ticats receiver Chris Bauman.

Ramsay will have an opportunity to compete at both guard and tackle, pushing returning linemen Patrick Kabongo and Greg Wojt on the right side.

Three Eskimos became free agents on Wednesday, with long-snapper Tim St. Pierre, safety Jason Nugent and receiver Kelly Campbell hitting the market.

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