EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos showed three players the door Thursday.
Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman said in a press release the club let go lineman Patrick Kabongo, receiver Chris Bauman and defensive back Wopamo Osaisai.
“This can be a tough business, and in a salary cap era, many factors have to be taken into consideration when making decisions — age, salary and performance,” said Tillman, explaining the decision to release the trio.
Eight-year veteran Kabongo ran into trouble last season, losing his starting job at left guard halfway through the Eskimos’ campaign. At the time head coach Kavis Reed cited technical issues with Kabongo’s play, saying the non-import lineman was taking a lot of holding penalties. Kabongo had started the season 75 pounds lighter than the year before, in response to a challenge from Reed.
A native of Montreal, he joined the Eskimos in August of 2004 via a trade with Ottawa. Popular with Eskimos fans, Kabongo has won the David Boone Memorial Award twice for his involvement in the community.
Bauman spent four years with the Hamilton Ticats before signing with Edmonton in 2011 as a free agent.
Osaisai played in six games as a cornerback last season.
Tillman didn’t shut the door entirely on the three players. “It’s quite possible at least one of these men will be returning to our club in 2012.”