June 3, 2012

Esks lock up first round draft pick Shamawd Chambers

Edmonton Eskimos
ESKS.com Staff

(Edmonton)  The Edmonton Eskimos have signed non-import wide receiver Shamawd Chambers who was selected in the first round (6th overall) in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft, the club announced today. Chambers has recently signed for two years and an option.

Chambers played his college football at Wilfrid Laurier University for the Golden Hawks. He received OUS Men’s football Second Team All-Star honours in 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 37 career games with the Golden Hawks he recorded 151 receptions for 2068 yards, 18 touchdowns, and five tackles. He spent time on the return game as well, returning 26 kick-offs for 587 yards and one touchdown; as well as 27 punt returns for 237 yards.

Shamawd Chambers says, “I am extremely happy to be in the city of champions and I am excited to play for General Manager Eric Tillman and Head Coach Kavis Reed. I want to thank them for all of their support throughout the entire process. I look forward to getting on the field and earning my stripes.”

The Toronto, Ontario native showed his speed off at the CFL Combine; he ran a 4.42, 40-yard dash which was the fastest recorded time. Chambers participated in the Philadelphia Eagles mini-camp in May.

Eskimo General Manager Eric Tillman says, “It’s terrific to have Shamawd here as a part of our team. I know he is eager to get on the field, and we are just as excited to see him and the rest of our rookies compete at camp.”

Chambers will be at practice today but will not be participating on field.

The Eskimos have also signed import offensive lineman Joel Bell. He signed as a free agent in 2009 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders appearing in 15 regular season games, one playoff game and the 2009 Grey Cup. Bell most recently spent time with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL.

Shamawd Chambers
Wide Receiver
Wilfrid Laurier
Height: 6’3” Weight: 219lbs
Born: March 10, 1989 – Toronto, ON

Joel Bell
Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’7” Weight: 310lbs
Born: July 10, 1985 – Cleveland, OH