More changes likely from Esks

Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 4:10 AM ET

It doesn't take much of a gridiron gumshoe to piece together the Edmonton Eskimos' modus operandi heading into the 2011 season.

And it hasn't been to get older and more expensive.

"Younger and cheaper? We don't define how and why we're doing things," said head coach Kavis Reed, who has been doing some spring cleaning to his roster heading into this weekend's CFL draft. "The reason is because we're trying to improve this team. If Kamau Peterson was a part of the plan, Kamau Peterson would  be here."

But Peterson, who was released along with quarterback Jared Zabransky on Wednesday, wasn't the first and won't be the last before the off-season is done.

"I would not say that there aren't (others in the same position)," Reed said. "Obviously we're not, because we're making room to bring in other guys.

"We'll say it this way: we are making discernments based on what we're looking for in terms of scheme."

Word on the street — or at least in the Twitter-verse — late Wednesday has it the Eskimos are willing to shop any and all personnel.

"I'd never buy into rumours, either. If I buy that stock, I'm probably not going to be very successful," Reed said. "For us, we're making decisions that we feel are the best fit for us in 2011.

"If that's going to perpetuate a rumour, then that's the way it is. We're going to make the decisions, personnel-wise, that are going to make us better."

One of those improvements likely won't be Ole Miss pivot Jeremiah Masoli, whom the Eskimos have had their eye on.

"Obviously, it's no secret that we've worked Masoli out, but at this particular time he has been drafted by a UFL team," Reed said. "So right now, he's employed by someone else."


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