Hanahan alum Marcus Howard has agreed to a new contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League the team announced on their website on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not made public, but it's believed to be a 2 year deal with an option for a third.
Howard struggled in his 2nd year in the league playing in only 6 games due to injury. In 2011 he was a West Division All-Star with a team leading 11 sacks.
"For me personally, I just think the head coach (Kavis Reed) is a great guy, I love playing for him," Howard told the Edmonton Journal. "I don't know how the coaching staff is going to be next year, things always change, but the D-line coach (Kit Lathrop) ,if he comes back, that'd be great. You just never know. I love playing for (Lathrop), he's almost like a father figure in my eyes. The training room staff, those guys made me feel real comfortable."
"I think we're trying to build something real special as Eskimos, but especially on defense. We have guys who can play at every position, so I think that's what made it easier for me to sign here," Howard said.
"I know I can play this game and I know they still feel like I could play, so I think that's one of the main reasons that a deal got done. I love the city and I love the organization, so it made perfect sense for me that if I was going to play in the CFL, that I'd be back."
Howard was a 5th round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL Draft after being named All-SEC in his final year at Georgia. He also spent time with the Tennessee Titans.