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Roughriders grant McGrath's request for trade back to Esks

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The Canadian Press
6/11/2009 7:01:37 PM
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Joe McGrath has had a change of heart.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders traded the non-import offensive lineman to the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday, granting the six-year veteran a request to return to his former team.

In return for McGrath, Saskatchewan acquires Edmonton's first round pick at the 2010 Canadian Football League draft and a player off the Eskimos' negotiation list.

McGrath, a native of Moose Jaw, Sask., originally signed a two-year deal plus an option with the Roughriders on February 16.

"A few days ago, Joe approached us saying he was having a case of buyer's remorse," said Roughriders head coach Ken Miller. "He apologized profusely, but said, for a combination of personal and professional reasons, he wanted to return to the Eskimos.

"Obviously, this is not what we had envisioned when Joe accepted our offer in February; but, in football, as we do in life, we adapt and go forward."

McGrath, drafted second overall by Calgary in 2003, spent his first five seasons with the Eskimos. The six-foot-five, 300-pound veteran won a Grey Cup with Edmonton in 2005.

Eskimos GM Danny Maciocia was happy to welcome McGrath back to the team.

"Joe is one of the top CFL lineman and his best years are still ahead of him," said Maciocia. "For football and personal reasons, Joe felt it was best to return to Edmonton and we're thrilled to have him back in the fold."

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