Eskimos release LB Cory Greenwood

The Edmonton Eskimos have released Canadian linebacker Cory Greenwood, per sources.

Greenwood tore his ACL on the first day of training camp and missed the entire 2017 CFL campaign.

The 31-year-old played three seasons with Toronto after the Argos selected the six-foot-two, 237-pounder in the first round, third overall during the 2010 CFL draft. Greenwood has played in 20 of a possible 36 regular season games over the past two seasons, recording 103 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.

After winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the best defensive player in Canadian university football in 2009 while playing for Concordia, Greenwood signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in May 2010. He spent three seasons in K.C. playing all possible games – 48 – during that span, recording 34 tackles and one forced fumble while being a major contributor on special teams.

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18 Comments on Eskimos release LB Cory Greenwood

  1. He would look good in Green and White. It would give hurl some competition at training camp. Plus he’s a veteran, which is a plus.

    • Half of me said the same thing, and the other half said he’s 31 and can’t stay healthy. I wouldn’t object to signing him though. We have a bunch of them and some of them looked pretty good in training camp last year.

      • Er, I got distracted and forgot to type a sentence in there. The sentence is, “I guess it depends on what we think of our young Canadian LBs.”

    • footballnut // March 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

      unless he isn;t 100% i cant imagine hurl having a chance against him- he played 48 games in the nfl… hurl looks like hes on roller skates when he plays in the box

  2. I’m thinking he either didn’t recover fully from injury or he wouldn’t take a pay cut. Maybe both.

  3. Edward Leslie // March 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm //

    J.C. Sherritt is the Middle Linebacker in Edmonton without doubt, now that he’s healthy. Adam Konar did such a good job replacing Greenwood at WIL linebacker, I guess Greenwood isn’t needed there now. They reportedly paid the younger Konar $120,000 too. The SAM linebacker spot is more of a quasi Defensive back/ linebacker position, not suited to Greenwood. They had Kenny Ladler there, but he signed with the Washington Redskins, so former Redblack Nicholas Taylor will probably take over the spot.
    It’s too bad that Greenwood never got to play in Edmonton. He did well in the NFL and was very good with Toronto. Montreal and Saskatchewan come to mind as possible spots for him.

    • greenenvy? // March 14, 2018 at 11:21 pm //

      Thompson was put in @ SAM on test but tore his achilles last year. Won”t be back to start the season.Taylor is a possibility but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Edwards there. Greenwood has a history of injuries but is great when healthy. Too pricey to keep with Konar around. He’d be a fit with Riders but Bombers may take a good look at him now with Muamba asking a lot. I expect Muamba now goes to Als. Bombers lost Westerman & Hurl, 2 National positions last year so could use good Cdn LB. Riders really need help at LB.

    • The Esks are deep across the line backing corps. Beyond Konar and Sherritt the Esks have national WLB’s Blair Smith, Christope Mulumba-Tshimanga and Kevin Jackson. Smith has played well when called upon, but the biggest upside is last years draft pick Mulumba-Tshimanga who is a tackling machine. At MLB behind international Sherritt is Korey Jones, Terrance Bullitt and Jeremiah Kose. Greenwood is just not healthy enough to compete with any of these players.

      At 5′ 10″ 165 lbs Nicholas Taylor is too small to play at SLB / Nickle DB. Ladler’s replacement will be one of Chris Edwards 6′ 2″ 217 lbs College: Idaho (with Esks last year) and played some SLB in pre-season, Alex Gray 6′ 3″ 225 lbs College: Appalachian State or Ahmad Dixon 6′ 0″ 210 lbs. College: Baylor who played Nickle DB in college and hits hard. Bank on Dixon who was ranked as high as #7 as a Strong Safety in his draft year. Dixon looked great in preseason with the Dallas Cowboys before he blew it by being late for a team meeting. His NFL career never recovered.

  4. Can’t agree more. Can’t have too many good Canadians. Good depth at a minimum and adding a potential Canadian starter. If his knee is done, then he will provide competition at camp or if not, a good back up or even a starter. Go Riders!

  5. I hope the Als grab him. When he’s healthy he can be a BEAST

  6. Great player when healthy.

  7. Greenwood or Muamba. The Bombers or Als. Both need LB help. Flip a coin could go either way for both of these guys. Being a National helps both guys.

  8. he would be a good fit for the riders they could move eqavon to middle linebacker and greenwood could play outside linebacker you never have to many natioal linebackers

    • That is indeed part of the question. We have 7 Canadian LBs right now, including Cameron Judge, so can you have too many?

  9. Had a good laugh at some of these comments proclaiming Greenwood as “a beast” and a “great player”. Really have to wonder if these commenters have ever actually watched Greenwood play.

    He’s mediocre at best in coverage and he’s not physical enough to effectively stuff the run. You’ll never see Greenwood blow up a ball carrier the way Elimimian or Awe or any other punishing LB does.

    Way too fragile to play LB – – they guy gets a concussion if he sneezes too hard.

  10. Tiger man // March 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm //

    Had his day in the sun…

    Time to move on…

  11. greenwood is not a middle linebacker but would be a great fit for the riders

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