Eskimos release QB Danny O’Brien

The Edmonton Eskimos have released quarterback Danny O’Brien.

O’Brien spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Edmonton. The Minneapolis native came into the league with Ottawa in 2014 and spent three seasons with the Redblacks.

“We’ve known Danny for two years here in Edmonton and then back to my Ottawa days with him. There’s not a more prepared, better-liked guy in our locker room. He’s a consummate pro, teammate, always prepared and ready to go and a great guy and it’s never easy to let people like that go,” Eskimos head coach Jason Maas said.

O’Brien completed 15-of-26 passes for 93 yards in Edmonton’s two pre-season games. That’s compared to Logan Kilgore 13-of-25 for 147 yards with one touchdown and Jeremiah Briscoe 8-of-15 for 74 yards.

“With the play of Logan in the game and what we have behind him in Jeremiah, we felt comfortable making the decision to move on. But I still believe in Danny and it’s just one of those tough decisions you’ve got to make at times. Not easy, at all,” Maas said.

After a year out of the CFL, Kilgore signed with Edmonton in February. In three seasons in Canada, 2015 through 2017 split between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Kilgore played in seven games completing 63-of-114 passes for 728 with two touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

“Logan with the familiarity with our offence previous with his stops in Toronto – he’s made a lot of strides in a short amount of time here, gaining the trust of our as coaches and his teammates,” Maas said.

Jeremiah Briscoe was signed in November 2018 by the Eskimos.

“Pretty soon you’re going to see Jeremiah just start to get better and better every day. When you start seeing him get comfortable, you’re going to see a quarterback that can play up here for sure,” Maas said.

The departure of O’Brien means the Eskimos quarterback depth chart is all new in 2019. From Mike Reilly, Kevin Glenn and O’Brien to Harris, Kilgore and Briscoe.

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