Willis is a fan favourite who had 22 tackles and 8 sacks in 16 games last year with the Eskimos. At age 33, he may not be an every-down player but he can still make an impact.
Eskimos deal Odell Willis to RedblacksThe Redblacks, per multiple sources, are expected to turn around and move Willis to the B.C. Lions, reuniting him with Ed Hervey – the GM who brought him to Edmonton in 2013 – for a conditional draft pick and an unnamed player off Ottawa’s negotiation list.
Salary cap played a motivating factor in the decision to move Willis, with the 33-year-old’s annual price tag expected to be somewhere around $150,000, combined with the fact that Sunderland entered his first full off-season at the helm of the Eskimos with 37 player contracts set to expire on Feb. 13, including: Euclid Cummings, Aaron Grymes, Adam Konar, Kenny Ladler and J.C. Sherritt.