Eskimos OL Batiste retires, set to join Raiders strength staff

Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman D’Anthony Batiste retired Thursday to become the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

The six-foot-four, 314-pound Batiste spent four seasons with Edmonton, earning a Grey Cup ring with the Eskimos in 2015.

“The Eskimos organization would like to thank D’Anthony for all that he’s done for the team and the community of Edmonton,” GM Brock Sunderland said in a statement. “We wish him continued success with the Oakland Raiders.”

The 35-year-old American also spent time with the AF2’s Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings as well as the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.