Veteran Simeon Rottier re-signs, gives Edmonton even more OL depth

The Edmonton Eskimos have re-signed veteran national offensive lineman Simeon Rottier.

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.

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.

Now 34, Rottier will provide depth behind an already solid Canadian contingent up front. 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.

Rottier told the local Westlock paper in December that he wanted to play a 10th CFL season, particularly with the Grey Cup in Edmonton this year, but that he’s also preparing for life after football. From the story.

“It’s easier said than done, but the opportunity is there and you don’t get that chance too often in life, If I could go out reaching my goal, that would be pretty amazing,” he said about the Edmonton Grey Cup. “My wife and I bought some land from my parents,” he said. “We’re trying to see if we can make farming into something we can do for a living. It’s been good to have some downtime with the family, though I’ve been doing a lot of work planning what we’re going to seed next year.”