Esks add to O-line
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are getting help on their offensive line.
On Tuesday, the Eskimos traded for former Canada West all-star and first-round draft pick Dylan Steenbergen.
The six-foot-five, 285-pound offensive lineman was acquired in a trade from the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
“We are delighted to welcome Dylan to our football family,” said Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman in a statement. “He comes from an excellent organization, with tremendous talent, where his playing time has been limited. That said, we certainly believe in his potential, and view Dylan’s addition as another step in our commitment to build a strong, young Canadian nucleus. We know he’s excited to be coming back home and we’re certainly very pleased to afford Dylan this special opportunity.”
Steenbergen, 24, was selected by the Alouettes with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 CFL draft.
The Lethbridge product attended the University of Calgary where he was a conference All-star.
Steenbergen had been unable to crack the Alouettes’ lineup this season, but the Eskimos are hoping he can help out on their offensive line, which gave up eight sacks in a 36-1 loss to the B.C. Lions last Friday.
Along with Steenbergen, the Eskimos acquired future negotiation rights to an undisclosed import prospect. In return, the Alouettes receive the Eskimos’ sixth-round picks in 2012 and 2013.