The Edmonton Eskimos have let director of player personnel David Turner go amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turner shared the news himself on Twitter.
I believe God only throws things at you he feels you can handle. Right now God is asking all of us to handle a lot. #stay_home #be_safe #be_responsible #covid19 #social_distancing pic.twitter.com/nYhkhXuRNo
— David Turner (@D_Turner47) April 5, 2020
Turner joined the Eskimos in January 2019 after spending the 2017 and 2018 seasons as a scout for the Carolina Panthers. He has 10 seasons of NFL front office experience. Most recently, Turner owned and operated a consulting service, helping NFL Draft prospects prepare for the combine and pre-draft interview process since 2015.
Turner worked in the personnel department of the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers from 2011-2015, serving as director of player personnel in his first three seasons with the team before being elevated to assistant general manager. The Rattlers won three consecutive AFL championships from 2012-2014.
Prior to joining the Rattlers, he spent two seasons (2010-2011) as the director of player personnel for the United Football League’s Hartford Colonials.
From 2005-2010, he worked in the personnel department for the Oakland Raiders, holding several different positions, including scouting assistant, area scout and assistant director of pro personnel. Turner also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 as a personnel consultant. Turner began his career in football as an intern with the Miami Dolphins (2001) and New York Giants (2003-2004).
The Eskimos are the latest team following the CFL’s decision to postpone the start of 2020 training camps to cut payroll within the organization. The financial impact of the coronavirus crisis is being felt around the CFL.