Eskimos GM Ed Hervey says released QB Steven Jyles tried too hard in Edmonton

Steven Jyles, who landed in Edmonton in the trade that sent Ricky Ray to the Toronto Argonauts, was...

Steven Jyles, who landed in Edmonton in the trade that sent Ricky Ray to the Toronto Argonauts, was released by the Esks on Monday. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos have thrown the QB out with the bath water that was the Ricky Ray trade.

For the second off-season in a row, the best seat in the house — or at least in their locker-room — remains vacant following the release of Steven Jyles.

And, more importantly, his $250,000 price tag.

So, his front-and-centre locker — the one reserved for the top quarterback of the club — was cleared out and readily available for someone to sit down in it and write a story following Tuesday’s press conference, which was held on the heels of Jyles’s release Monday.

“We felt it was very fair to him, being a veteran quarterback, when he didn’t fit into the plans moving forward, that we would give him his release and allow him the opportunity to find work elsewhere,” said Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey. “Steven’s a consummate professional.”

And that’s how Hervey said he accepted the news, which couldn’t have come as much of a surprise to the quarterback who assu


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