Brock Sunderland will be named Edmonton Eskimos general manager, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.
Sunderland interviewed for the Esks GM job on Thursday, which was made available after president Len Rhodes fired Ed Hervey on April 7.
Sunderland has played a role in the football operations staff Ottawa general manager Marcel Desjardins assembled when the franchise came to be in 2014. Sunderland’s stock is high after the Redblacks upset Calgary 39-33 to claim the 104th Grey Cup championship.
He was a candidate for the general manager job in Montreal last December, a position that was ultimately filled by Kavis Reed. The 37-year-old also interviewed for a similar position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015.
He spent four years with Montreal from 2004-2007, starting as a regional and advance scout before being elevated to director of scouting. Sunderland then moved to the New York Jets for six seasons as a pro scout prior to landing in Ottawa. That NFL experience means the University of Montana grad has lots of connections down south. His father Marv is a college scout for the Tennessee Titans who has spent 40 years in the NFL.