Restelli returning to Esks?

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

Mark Restelli has been cut by the Miami Dolphins and is likely on his way back to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Edmonton Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman confirmed Saturday through agent Bardie Ghahremani that the Eskimo linebacker the past two seasons has not only been cut by the NFL club but was not offered a practice roster position either.

“Bardie and I had a good talk (Saturday) afternoon. While we were talking, Mark was in the air flying from Miami to California.

“At this point they don’t have a practice roster offer in the NFL. Of course, with 32 teams, things can change with one phone call in the next 48 hours.

“If that doesn’t happen, we’re very hopeful Mark will be back in Edmonton in the next week or two.”

Ironically, Restelli plays the one position where the Eskimos are stable as they go through major injury problems and take a three-game losing streak into Monday’s Labour Day Classic in Calgary.

His return, the Eskimos believe, will give them one area where they’re more than solid.

“Realistically I think he does fit in. He easily fits in,” said head coach Kavis Reed.

“I really like our linebacker corps and Restelli fits it to a ‘t’. They’re true football players. They’re throwback players. Blue collar guys.

“J.C. Sherritt is a lunch pail player. He’s hard-hitting and lunch pail,” he said of the rookie who sits second in tackles in the league this season.

T.J. Hill, of course, is acknowledged as one of the best players in the league. But there’s a rookie here, Damaso Munoz, who has the same sort of specs.

“Damaso is a hybred, as fast as a defensive back but with a linebacker mentality.”

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