Eskimos extend running back C.J. Gable

Edmonton and running back C.J. Gable have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension.

Gable was acquired by the Eskimos on an October trade with Hamilton for two offensive linemen off Edmonton’s negotiation list. General manager Brock Sunderland felt strongly about Gable’s talents.

“C.J. Gable when healthy is, when you talk about the best running backs in this league, he’s in that conversation, not only as a runner but as a pass catcher and maybe most important of all three facets is his pass pro,” Sunderland said.

The 30-year-old rushed for 367 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries and caught nine balls for 99 yards and one major in four regular season games wearing green and gold, all wins. He rushed 28 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns in two playoff games.

Head coach Jason Maas quickly grew fond of Gable’s and felt the back was “tremendous” for the team. Franchise quarterback Mike Reilly had similar sentiments.

“He’s been huge for us since the day that he stepped foot in our locker-room,” Reilly said of Gable.

The two-year pact will ensure Gable is in that Eskimos locker room for the foreseeable future.

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