Esks wish Borhot well
By Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency
The Edmonton Eskimos gave Saleem Borhot a big ‘F’ and sent him out of town after failing his medicals on Saturday.
But that doesn’t mean they hope the Calgary-born defensive back won’t find success — even if it is with the Calgary Stampeders, who picked up their hometown product just minutes after his release.
“I think it’s good for Saleem and I think it’s good for Calgary,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed.
“They get a Canadian defensive back in an area where they had need. Athletically, I think Saleem has an opportunity.”
The free safety became expendable after the Eskimos released fellow non-import Elliott Richardson, choosing to go with an import player at the position.
“We made the decision not to have Saleem there,” Reed said. “I’m not going to wish him any ill will. I think Calgary made a good choice in selecting the young man.
“Hopefully he can stay healthy and have a successful career.”
Which is exactly what Borhot wasn’t able to do in his rookie season after being drafted 12th overall by the Eskimos. Any opportunity he was given to prove himself was mired by groin and ankle injuries that kept moving him from starting games to the injured list.