Eskimos release DB Anthony Orange before February 1 roster bonus

The Edmonton Eskimos have released defensive back Anthony Orange.

The veteran CFL cover man was due to receive a $30,000 roster bonus on February 1. Orange was scheduled to make $115,000 in 2020, just a $5,000 bump from his take home pay in 2019.

The 31-year-old started at boundary corner in the Eskimos 2019 season-opener after signing a two-year deal with Edmonton during free agency last February. That came following a season where Orange earned CFL all-star status in 2018. He played eight games with the Esks notching 26 tackles and one interception.

The Fresno State University product began his CFL career with Toronto and played two years with the Argos in 2015 and 2016. In 30 games he made 91 tackles and six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Current Eskimos head coach Scott Milanovich was with Orange for those two years in Toronto, but it wasn’t enough of a connection to keep him in Edmonton. Overall, Orange has recorded 175 tackles with 12 interceptions returning two for touchdowns during 58 career games.

Before coming to the CFL, Orange played four seasons in the NFL, split between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He made 109 tackles, knocked down 19 passes and intercepted two passes in 43 games. After signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Orange carved out chunk of time in the NFL.

Orange is still a capable athlete in the backend.

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