EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos kicked up some competition at training camp by signing Damon Duval on Monday.
The 31-year-old had been with the Montreal Alouettes since joining the CFL in 2005.
“We released Louie Sakoda on Saturday, we felt we needed a veteran kicker to come in and make certain we have a steady kicking game,” said head coach Kavis Reed, who expects to see the kicker on Tuesday. “Damon, with his track record, proved that he can do it at an elite level and we want an elite kicker.”
An all-star in 2007, Duval has been to five Grey Cups and won the last two. In 2009, he set the record for most points in a regular season with 242.
“We’re not handing him the job. Derek (Schiavone) still has every opportunity to compete against him,” Reed said of his returning kicker/punter. “We just don’t want to hand Derek the keys to the car without competition.”