Joseph in among veterans

Kerry Joseph takes part in an Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback mini-camp practice at the indoor...

Kerry Joseph takes part in an Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback mini-camp practice at the indoor training facility at Commonwealth Stadium, Thursday April 19, 2012. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

EDMONTON - Age can be relative.

But for Kerry Joseph, it is also motivation to push himself to perform as an Edmonton Eskimos quarterback.

At 38, he may be well on the downward side of his prime, but he’s hardly alone in the CFL in that department.

Future Hall of Famer Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes will be 40 on Aug. 23, while Hamilton Tiger-Cats new pivot Henry Burris will be 37 the day after training camp gets underway on June 3.

Whatever experience the Eskimos lost in trading away Ricky Ray to the Toronto Argonauts in the off-season, they can certainly find in Joseph, who played four years as an NFL safety with the Seattle Seahawks before coming north to pursue a career as a pivot with the Ottawa Renegades back in 2003.

“There are times when I considered him our team’s MVP,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “By the things he did with the younger quarterbacks, the role he played with our football team in the locker-room, in the classroom, on the playing field.

“Kerry is a guy with a lot of leadership qualities that go with the position of quarterback.”

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