(Edmonton) The Edmonton Eskimos have acquired import quarterback Steven Jyles, non-import kicker Grant Shaw and Toronto’s first selection (2nd overall) in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft in exchange for quarterback Ricky Ray.
Jyles spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Argos.
A veteran of six CFL seasons, Jyles returns to the city where he spent the first two years (2006, 2007) of his CFL career. He was traded to Saskatchewan in 2008 and spent two seasons with the ‘Riders. Jyles signed as a free agent with Winnipeg in 2010 where he enjoyed his best season as a pro, throwing 19 touchdowns. He was traded to Toronto in exchange for the Argo’s first round pick in the 2011 CFL Draft.
The Edmonton-born Shaw has spent the past two seasons with the Argos where he primarily handled kickoff duties. A 2009 Canada West all-star defensive back/kicker at the University of Saskatchewan, Shaw was Toronto’s second round selection (11th overall) in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft.
After nine seasons with the Eskimos, Ricky Ray leaves behind an impressive body of work. Two time Grey Cup champion (2003, 2005), Grey Cup MVP (2005), CFL and West All-Star (2006), All time club leader in career passing yards, touchdown passes, yards passing in a single season (2008), pass completions in a single season, Grey Cup completions record (35-45 in 2005). This past season, Ray helped lead the Eskimos to an 11-7 finish and a berth in the CFL West Final.
Ray Career Highlights
Grey Cup MVP – 2005
West Division All-Star – 2006
CFL All-Star – 2006
Eskimo Outstanding Player nominee – 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008
CFL record completions in a season (479) passing Doug Flutie – 2005
3rd Eskimo player to pass for 5,000 yards in a season (Warren Moon, Jason Maas) – 2005, 2006
CFL’s highest efficiency rating (101.3) – 2002
Career best five touchdown passes in a game – 2005 (Week 6 vs. Hamilton) and 2007 (Week 1 vs. Winnipeg and Week 12 vs. Montreal)
CFL season leader for most completions in a game – 2005 (40), 2006 (33)
Grey Cup completions record – 2005 (35 completions in 45 attempts)
First in career pass completions in Eskimo history – 2006
First in career passing yards in Eskimo history – 2007
First in career touchdown passes in Eskimo history – 2008
First in yards passing in a season in Eskimo history – 2008
CFL single-game record completion rate (92%) – October 31, 2008
Second in CFL history in consecutive pass completions in a game (20) – Sept 20, 2009