Eskimos OL Simeon Rottier retires (at least for now)

Veteran Canadian offensive lineman Simeon Rottier has retired just prior to the start of training camp, citing a slow recovery from injury.

The Eskimos announced the move on Wednesday.

“Rehabbing and training over the past six months has brought me to a place where I am still not physically where I want to be to start the season,” the 34-year-old Rottier said in a statement.
“With the young talent that is coming up, I realize it’s time for me to take a step back. I will still continue training in case there is an opportunity in which I can contribute later this season.”

In nine CFL seasons, Rottier has appeared in 124 career games at left guard, right guard and centre, making 107 starts. He started the first four games of 2017, then missed the rest of the season with a knee injury.

He re-signed with the club in March.

Rottier was the first overall pick in the 2009 CFL Draft and played three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He signed with the Eskimos in 2012, in part to be closer to his family in nearby Westlock, Alberta. He was a CFL all-star in 2015 and won a Grey Cup with the Eskimos in 2015.

How Rottier’s departure impacts the team’s plans to start four Canadian offensive linemen remains to be seen. The Eskimos have starters Matt O’Donnell, Justin Sorensen, David Beard returning from last season and also have former first-round pick Jacob Ruby as well as 2017 selections Mason Woods and Jean-Simon Roy in development.

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17 Comments on Eskimos OL Simeon Rottier retires (at least for now)

  1. Sim has been a great solider, but has had a rough go with injuries the last few seasons. Not surprised he retired to the farm in Alberta.

    Maybe July, August or September he is 100% and could fill in as needed for the Esks, but until then I wish him well.

  2. Eskimos also have 2017 draft pick Kwabena Asare in the fold, and 2018 draft pick Curtis Krahn from U of C, though it’s highly unlikely he will make the rotation in his first year.

  3. Rottier will always be remembered for the incident when Ed Hervey eviscerated him for Mike Reilly’s near death Labour Day experience.

    “The majority of my frustration has been with Simeon,” Hervey said at the time. “Clearly Simeon is not living up to expectations. It wouldn’t bother me if he didn’t play another down this year.”

    • That an the dirty play B.C. Lions’ Khalif Mitchell pulled on him and the CFL never addressed. Good thing Sim is tough and grounded guy who bounced back from 2012 and 2013 to be CFL all-star in 2014.

  4. Edward Leslie // May 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm //

    Area 51:
    Those comments and Hervey’s mistrust and paranoia towards anyone outside if the club are the reasons that I was glad the Eskimos sacked him.
    He’s a smart football man. Hopefully he’s learned and changed his ways now.

    Rottier’s been a very reliable member of the Eskimos for years. I hope he returns at some point.

  5. Phil Miller // May 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm //

    Wow, the Schmoes have lost a lot this off-season.

  6. Mr Red. // May 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm //

    Tough player to lose

  7. Gained a lot too … also re-signed the most players that went into free agency as an Eskimo. Solid continuity over the last two years is the theme in Edmonton this season with so many players coming back from last year.

    • He barely played last season so it’s not a big loss!

      • This is true … David Beard has played well at LG and with all the injuries Sim was going to be a backup no matter what.

  8. Esks most likely will go with 3 nationals early this year with the signing of Tom Draheim to battle for the RT spot with Kelvin Palmer.

    Starters: LG – Beard, C – Sorensen, RG – O’Donnell will be backed-up by Ruby – Roy – Woods with Asrae and now signed Krahn in development.

    Ruby will ascend at some point this year, but only if Draheim and Palmer don’t work out at RT.

    Keep in mind the Eskies are in the hunt for Justin Senior, Keiler Cherry and Simeon Rottier could still comeback after the crop is in and if he is 100% healthy.

    • thethinman // May 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm //

      OL isn’t an area of concern. For that matter neither is QB, RB or receivers. Expect a Maas led offence to top the league again this year.

  9. Edward Leslie // May 16, 2018 at 8:13 pm //

    The Eskimos look really good from top to bottom.
    Their O-line has lots of depth and sometines a good veteran has to step aside so the younger upcoming prospects, like David Beard and Mason Woods can get a chance.
    The only position on the team that bears watching is receiver. Losing Brandon Zylstra and Adarius Bowman can’t be brushed off.
    They added Juron Criner from Ottawa and gave two other good prospects that might be able to step in: Bryant Mitchell and 2017 1st round draft pick, Nate Behar. But those are big shoes to fill. Mike Reilly will really lean on Derel Walker, Vidal Hazelton and Duke Williams early on.

    • greenenvy? // May 16, 2018 at 9:41 pm //

      I don’t see the receivers dropping off. Zylstra replaced Walker who replaces Zylstra. Walker has over 3300 yds in 38 games. Walker’s own production & Bowman’s of 1100 yds combined last year can be picked up by the 23 games Hazelton, Mtichell, & Williams didn’t play. Reilly is in his prime for a QB right now & he’s going to get his 5000+ yards. Zylstra may even be back after Labour Day. They also have Criner & Stafford, who spent a lot of time on the PR. They’re a very deep team on offence. Big losses in Zylstra & Bowman, for sure, but the Esks can survive it. Bowman is gone because they have so much young talent. With Williams & MItchell in the last year of the contract, you play them or lose them. They made their decision.

    • The Esks will spread the ball, at least that is what Maas and Reilly have said, to all receivers.

      Duke Williams will get the highest amount of targets as the inside boundary SB, then Walker as the boundary WR, but national inside SB Behar will also get plenty of targets and so will who ever wins out between Mitchell and Hazelton. The rover SB spot will be between Criner and Stafford and will go back to the deep threat burner option. Look for FB’s playing the role of TE’s and not just for blocking purposes. Tanner Green is the future of this position, but Christophe Normand will platoon with Behar to get a few targets and help with blocking

      Even with the depth at receiving corps the Esks run a smash mouth spread offense the will employ a running game when 6 or less are in the box. Plenty of play action and option plays that will have Gable and Reilly sucking in the defense tight to the line before going over the top or stretching horizontally.

      By spreading the ball around the offense will be even more unpredictable and more potent.

  10. BC Dave // May 16, 2018 at 8:51 pm //

    I think the eskimos will start right where they left off last year.

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