THE CANADIAN PRESS
EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Eskimos didn't single out any one reason for firing general manager Eric Tillman.
The team announced on Saturday it had ended Tillman's contract effective immediately and Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes said in a statement that he "did not see Eric as a part of this team moving forward."
"It's what I believe is in the best interests of the club, for the long term of the club," said Rhodes. "I'm very proud of what Eric's done. Everything he's done has been what he thought was in the best interests of the club. It's a business decision.
"We've decided to go with someone else."
The Eskimos will face the Toronto Argonauts in the East Division semifinal Nov. 11 at Rogers Centre after earning a cross-over berth.
Rhodes said he informed the team's board on Oct. 25 that he wanted to replace Tillman and he said he had the board's full support. He said Tillman was informed after returning to Edmonton on Friday and that he took the news "like a gentleman."
Tillman had come under a lot of fire after the the off-season trade that saw Ricky Ray shipped to Toronto after a decade in Green and Gold. Rhodes, however, dismissed the idea that Tillman's dismissal had anything to do with the Ray trade.