Odell Willis dealt to Ottawa, who will soon flip him to B.C.: report

The Edmonton Eskimos have traded defensive end Odell Willis to the Ottawa Redblacks in exchange for fellow American defensive lineman Jake Ceresna.

The 33-year-old Willis has played 10 CFL seasons,the last five with Edmonton and has 86 career sacks. Ceresna played 14 games for Ottawa in his rookie season of 2017, registering two sacks.

But Gerry Moddejonge of PostMedia says Willis will soon be flipped to B.C. From the story:

The Redblacks, per multiple sources, are expected to turn around and move Willis to the B.C. Lions, reuniting him with Ed Hervey – the GM who brought him to Edmonton in 2013 – for a conditional draft pick and an unnamed player off Ottawa’s negotiation list.

Moddejonge says money was the primary factor in the Esks dealing Willis:

Salary cap played a motivating factor in the decision to move Willis, with the 33-year-old’s annual price tag expected to be somewhere around $150,000, combined with the fact that Sunderland entered his first full off-season at the helm of the Eskimos with 37 player contracts set to expire on Feb. 13, including: Euclid Cummings, Aaron Grymes, Adam Konar, Kenny Ladler and J.C. Sherritt.

 




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