Eskimos running back Hugh Charles signs huge deal

Eskimos running back Hugh Charles runs the ball against the Blue Bombers during CFL action in...

Eskimos running back Hugh Charles runs the ball against the Blue Bombers during CFL action in September. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 AM ET

EDMONTON - Hugh Charles was not the biggest cause for concern in the Edmonton Eskimos running game last season.

At least, that’s what the club indicated when it was announced Tuesday the seven-year CFL veteran was re-signed to a contract extension whispered to be in the neighbourhood of $100,000 a year.

If so, it’s a six-figure show of faith by an Eskimos club that has struggled to gain yards on the ground recently, finishing in the bottom half of the league in rushing since Jerome Messam had a 1,000-yard season with them back in 2011.

“Getting a chance to re-sign with the Eskimos is just giving me another opportunity to prove who I am and live out my dream being a professional football player,” Charles told Esks.com on Tuesday from his home in Texas.

Unfortunately, the five-foot-eight, 193-pound Colorado product couldn’t be reached for further comment — or to confirm or deny his new salary — following the Skype interview that was featured on the team’s website.


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