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Major pieces of Redblacks' offence gone in free agency

Quarterback Trevor Harris and running back William Powell are among players who are finding new teams this offseason.
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William Powell, Trevor Harris and Sir Vincent Rogers as members of the Ottawa Redblacks. Photo/

The Redblacks' offence is going to look a lot different in 2019.

The Edmonton Eskimos signed veteran quarterback Trevor Harris through 2020, wide receiver Greg Ellingson, as well as offensive linemen, Sir Vincent Rogers on Tuesday.

William Powell will play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders next season, and the one after that.

One of the CFL’s top quarterbacks, Harris became a free agent at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

"I'm excited to join the City of Champions and Edmonton Eskimos, led by Brock Sunderland and Jason Maas," said Harris. "I'm very blessed to have their belief and I'm excited to get to work and start our pursuit to the Grey Cup with my teammates."

Harris led the Ottawa Redblacks to the 106th Grey Cup in 2018, in his second season as the team's starting quarterback. During the regular season, the 32-year-old completed 431 of his 615 pass attempts for 5,116 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Rogers played in 17 games in 2018 with the Redblacks, helping anchor the offensive line that paved the way for the CFL's second-leading rusher Powell.

The 6' 4'', 319 lbs lineman joined Ottawa as a free agent in 2015 and has suited up in 61 games with Ottawa. Rogers was named a CFL All-Star in 2015 and 2018 and took home East Division All-Star honours in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He also won a Grey Cup with the Redblacks in 2016. 

Powell joins the Riders after spending the previous four seasons with Ottawa.

Last season, the 30-year-old started 16 regular-season games registering 1,362 yards and six touchdowns on 251 carries while adding 39 catches for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He also started the East Final and Grey Cup with the Redblacks.

In 35 career regular-season games Powell has registered 500 carries for 2,835 yards and 13 touchdowns. Powell is a two-time East Division All-Star having received nominations in 2017 and 2018.

He won a Grey Cup in 2016 as a member of the Redblacks.


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