It was at the tail end of a lengthy conversation with Ed Hervey last week that the Edmonton Eskimos’ general manager mentioned Rennie Curran.
I had asked Hervey if he had any interest in bringing back either of linebacker Rod Davis or kicker Derek Schiavone; two former Eskimos who had gone to Montreal in the past year, with both being released by the Alouettes last week. Hervey shot that idea down and as the small group of media present stood up to leave the room, Hervey said again he wasn’t interested in bringing Davis back. He interested in Rennie Curran as his linebacker.
Curran, 24, spent two years in the NFL, one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and another with the Tennessee Titans, after that team took him in the third round (97th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft. He’s five-foot-11, 230 pounds and in his three-year career at the University of Georgia he was the first player since 1996-97 to have back-to-back 100-tackle seasons. In those three years, he left Georgia as its No. 16 all-time tackler (298).
The Eskimos haven’t signed Curran yet, but are apparently close to a deal.
Check out his bio from his days with the Titans. Some of the highlights: The child of Liberian refugees who escaped civil war in their homeland in the 1980s, Curran is the great-grandson of a Liberian tribal chief who had 25 children. Growing up in Snellville, Georgia, Curran learned how to play the piano, drums and viola as a kid. Since he was in the 11th grade, he’s had a mentor in pro-bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle. The two met at an Atlanta Falcons-sponsored football camp and have stayed in touch since.
The CFL will announce its 2013 inductions to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. MT on Thursday on TSN. Edmonton will host the three-day induction event this year, with a date being announced after the release of the 2013 CFL schedule.
When will we see this year’s schedule? If past release dates of the schedule hold up, it should be very soon. The league announced its schedules for the last five years between early February and Feb. 21.