May 9, 2012

Esks ink two free agents

Edmonton Eskimos Staff

(Edmonton)  The Edmonton Eskimos have signed import linebacker Harry Coleman and import offensive tackle Joe Gibbs, the club announced today.

Coleman signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent and spent time on their practice roster in 2009. He played his college football at LSU and he led the Tigers in tackles during his senior year. Coleman capped off his career at LSU with 183 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. The Louisiana native most recently spent time with the Hartford Colonials in the UFL.

Eskimo General Manager Eric Tillman says, “Harry is an outstanding athlete as evidenced by the fact he was named team defensive MVP during his senior season. That speaks volumes when you realize LSU had six players drafted in the NFL that year, including four on defense.”

Gibbs was signed in 2010 as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams before being released. The Alabama native played his college football at Tennessee-Martin where he started 37 of 40 games; he was also a two time FCS All American for the Skyhawks.

Eric Tillman says, “We found Joe in a free agent camp in Mobile, Alabama several weeks ago and offered him a contract immediately.  Kavis, Paul and I were all very impressed with his workout, and, also, with Joe’s people skills when we visited afterwards.  When we found out Joe was a tight end his first two seasons at UT Martin, we weren’t surprised at all.  He’s very athletic for a big man.”

Harry Coleman
Louisiana State
Height: 6’2” Weight: 210lbs
Born: November 10, 1985 – Franklin, LA

Joe Gibbs
Offensive tackle  
Height: 6’4” Weight: 295lbs
Born: March 25, 1988 – Brilliant, AL