The import carousel continued on Day 2 of the Eskimos training camp Monday.
The club announced the signings of defensive backs Rico Murray and Denatay Heard, and defensive lineman Almondo Sewell.
Murray, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and appeared in nine games over the past three seasons, recording 19 tackles (17 solo), and two pass deflections.
Heard, who’s 5-8 and 175, played nine games over two seasons (2008-2009) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, posting nine defensive tackles and one interception.
He also saw limited action as a kick and punt returner with the Riders before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in 2010.
Sewell, 6-foot-1 and 295 pounds, was just the second player in Akron history to be named a three time All-Mid-American Conference honoree. In four seasons with the Zips (2007-’09), he registered 223 tackles.
Although Sewell spent the first half of the 2012 AFL season with the Cleveland Gladiators, players in that league are able to leave immediately when they have CFL or NFL offers.
“We’ve had some roster attrition, which is the norm in training camp, and feel fortunate to add these three young men,” said Eskimos GM Eric Tillman.
“Almondo and Denatay were with our club briefly last year; and in Rico we feel we are adding a very versatile defender. He played nine games with the Bengals over the previous three seasons at cornerback, but here he’ll initially work at halfback and the SAM linebacker position, which is really an extra defensive back.”
KABONDO A LION
The B.C. Lions signed longtime former Eskimos offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo on Monday.
Kabongo played eight seasons with the Eskimos (2004-11), including a Grey Cup Championship in 2005. The Nebraska grad was the Esks’ nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Lineman in 2009.