Eskimos fined for tampering with Odell Willis

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March 6, 2013 - 4:16pm
Roughriders defensive end Odell Willis during game vs. Edmonton on July 8th, 2012.
Roughriders defensive end Odell Willis during game vs. Edmonton on July 8th, 2012.

Pretty much everyone knew it, and now the CFL is coming down on the Edmonton Eskimos for the Odell Willis signing.

When CFL free agency opened on February 15th, it didn’t take long, four minutes actually, for the Eskimos to announce they signed the free agent defensive end. A suspiciously quick period of time for an entire pro-sports contract to come together and be signed, not mention to put together a media release complete with quotes.

Apparently the league thought so too, so they fined Edmonton $10,000 on Wednesday for tampering, meaning someone within the team was in contact with Willis or his agent while he was still property of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Willis played only one season in Saskatchewan, where he had only six sacks and 23 tackles. Before that Willis played for the Bombers before being traded to the Riders.

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