The Edmonton Eskimos have announced that non-import offensive lineman Matthew O’Donnell has agreed to terms with the club. O’Donnell’s playing rights were acquired in a trade with Saskatchewn in exchange for wide receiver Greg Carr.
O’Donnell was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2nd round, 15th overall in the 2011 CFL Canadian Draft; but he opted to sign with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals where he spent the 2011 season on the Bengals practice roster. O’Donnell was recently released by Cincinnati during the NFL’s final cuts.
The Comox, British Columbia native played his college football with Queen’s University in the CIS where he was a standout. O’Donnell collected several awards throughout his career including the Orrin Carson Memorial Trophy for best Offensive Lineman twice in 2009 and 2010; and was named a first team All-Canadian in 2009 and 2010.
Edmonton Eskimo General Manager Eric Tillman says, "We're very pleased to have Matthew join our football club. His addition represents another step in the right direction as we continue to build a strong, young Canadian nucleus here in Edmonton."
"Matthew is an intelligent, hard working young man, who is excited to be here and understands continued hard work will be the key to his development. That said, he was fortunate to play at Queens, one of the outstanding programs in our country, and he continued to improve at right tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals under the tutelage of offensive line coach Paul Alexander."