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Edmonton Eskimos re-sign Aaron Grymes

Edmonton Eskimos' Adam Konar, back left, and Aaron Grymes, right, tackle B.C. Lions' Chris Rainey (2) during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday October 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

One of the best players on the Edmonton Eskimos defence is coming back for another season.

On Tuesday, the Eskimos re-signed international defensive back Aaron Grymes to a one-year contract.

Grymes returned from the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles last September and played six games for the Eskimos, recording 31 defensive tackles and one forced fumble. He added eight more defensive tackles in two playoff games.

Grymes says he came to an agreement on a contract in January but wanted to exhaust all remaining NFL opportunities before he signed a contract with the Eskimos.

“The NFL will always be a dream which I think is a good thing”, Grymes said. “I don’t want that to scare anyone around here but that’s always my dream, I’m always going to aiming for the top but I’ll always give my best on this field. Whether it happens or not you know I’m not worried about that right now. I want to hoist the Grey Cup in our stadium at the end of the season and that’s what I’m focused on right now.”

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LISTEN: Aaron Grymes with Morley Scott on re-signing

Grymes will be entering his fifth CFL season all with the Eskimos. He was named a Western Division and CFL All-Star in 2015, helping the team to a Grey Cup Championship.

LISTEN: Esks GM Brock Sunderland on Grymes return

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In his career, Grymes has recorded 123 defensive tackles, eight interceptions, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble and one touchdown.