Canadian linebacker Cory Greenwood expected to sign with Eskimos

Canadian linebacker Cory Greenwood will be in Edmonton on Wednesday and it’s expected that he’ll finalize a contract with the Eskimos, per sources.

General manager Ed Hervey continues to tweak Edmonton’s ratio, on defence in particular, after releasing Eddie Steele and signing Euclid Cummings last week.

According to sources, current Eskimos defensive line coach, Casey Creehan, who was the linebackers coach with Toronto in 2014 and Argos’ defensive coordinator for the 2015 season, loves Greenwood who is a ratio-breaking talent at linebacker.

The 31-year-old played three seasons with Toronto after the Argos selected the six-foot-two, 237-pound tackler 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.

The Chiefs released the six-foot-two, 235-pound tackler in May 2013, but he signed with the Lions just days later. Greenwood suffered a shoulder injury during camp that year which required season-ending surgery. That meant spending all of 2013 on injured reserve. Detroit let the Kingston, ON native go in August 2014. Later that fall, in October, he signed with the Argonauts.

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