Eskimos trade Kenny Stafford to Roughriders for Christion Jones

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders swung a Canadian Football League deal on Monday. The Eskimos traded wide receiver Kenny Stafford to the Roughriders for wide receiver Christion Jones. 

Stafford joins his fourth Canadian Football League team. He has also played with the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes. In seven CFL seasons, he has caught 194 passes for 2626 yards and 18 touchdowns. Stafford also has had five rushes for 24 yards. In 2019, he has had 30 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2015 with the Eskimos, Stafford was third in the CFL in touchdown catches with nine. He also won a Grey Cup in 2015, and only trailed Eric Rogers of the Stampeders and Toni Gurley of the Toronto Argonauts, who each had 10. Then last season in 2018 with Edmonton, Stafford set a career high with 55 receptions and 781 receiving yards.

Jones, who will probably be used more in Edmonton as a kick returner than a wide receiver, has not yet caught a pass in 2019. He has had 20 punt returns for 191 yards and one kickoff return for 43 yards.

The Eskimos and Roughriders are currently tied for third place in the CFL Western Division. They each have records for five wins and two losses. Both the Roughriders and Eskimos play on Friday. Saskatchewan is in Montreal and Edmonton hosts Ottawa.

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