Riders expected to name former Eskimos player personnel man Paul Jones as assistant GM

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are expected to name long-time Edmonton Eskimos player personnel man Paul Jones as their assistant general manager, per sources.

The Riders parted ways with former assistant general manager John Murphy after he refused to take a pay cut in early December.

Jones spent two decades with the Eskimos with a specialization in finding American talent. He had a part in building three Grey Cup championship teams while working for Edmonton.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers gave Jones his first CFL job in 1988 as director of player personnel and later promoted him to assistant general manager. After nine seasons in Winnipeg, Jones spent time as a scouting consultant for the Minnesota Vikings before joining the Toronto Argonauts as assistant general manager for the 1998 season.

Jones knows current Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones from two seasons together in Edmonton in 2014 and 2015. The Eskimos won the Grey Cup in 2015.

The elder Jones brought the younger Jones into the CFL in 1999 as a guest coach while Don Matthews was the Eskimos head coach.

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