The Edmonton Eskimos acquired non-import fullback Darcy Brown from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday in exchange for import defensive back Ricardo Colclough and the Eskimos 6th round pick in the 2015 CFL Canadian Draft.
Brown was drafted in the first round (6th overall) in the 2009 CFL Draft by Hamilton. Brown has spent the last three and a half seasons in Hamilton, starting in 36 games at fullback and has registered 13 receptions for 173 yards. The Ontario native played his college football at Saint Mary's where he recorded 27 receptions for 489 yards and six touchdowns, he also rushed seven times for 128 yards and one touchdown.
"We're excited to acquire this versatile young Canadian," said Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman. "Darcy can play fullback and he can also help us when we go to tight end formations. With Matthieu Bertrand on nine game injured, we feel very good about a Canadian backfield depth, which now includes Calvin McCarty, Jerome Messam and Darcy Brown.
"Of course, to add young talent, a club has to make sacrifices, too. Ricardo is a versatile defensive back who can play halfback, cornerback or even the sam linebacker spot. He is eager to play on a regular basis, and we believe Ricardo will get that opportunity in Hamilton. We certainly wish him the very best in the next stage of his CFL career."
Colclough has spent the first part of the 2012 season with the Esks playing in two games recording six tackles.
After finishing his collegiate career at Tusculum in 2003, Colclough was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (38th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He would play 43 games for the Steelers before spending time with the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs as well as the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.
The Ticats also announced that import defensive tackle Robert Rose has been released.