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Once again, Kerry Joseph is back in the Canadian Football League and, once again, he's an Edmonton Eskimo.

The 37-year-old import quarterback and former CFL most outstanding player signed with the Eskimos on Wednesday after being released by the team following the 2010 season.

Joseph's CFL experience, along with his past association with Eskimos' general manager Eric Tillman, was the primary reason he was brought back to Edmonton.

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In a news statement, Tillman said, "(Eskimos' head coach) Kavis Reed, (offensive co-ordinator) Marcus Crandell and I have great respect for Kerry and feel he'll make us stronger. Not only does Kerry provide us with the valuable insurance of having a former CFL MOP, but also his veteran presence will be valuable in our locker room, especially as a mentor for our young quarterbacks. We're hoping to keep two veteran quarterbacks and a rookie on our 42 man roster with another rookie on our practice squad."

Joseph has played for Ottawa, Saskatchewan and Toronto before signing with the Eskimos last season and being relegated to their practice roster. The former NFL defensive back guided Saskatchewan to a 2007 Grey Cup win then was traded by Tillman to Toronto.

In eight seasons, Joseph has passed for 24,831 yards, 130 touchdowns and 108 interceptions. He's also rushed for 4,155 yards.

In Edmonton, he will back-up starter Ricky Ray while tutoring prospect Matt Nichols, a 6 -foot-2, 225-pound starter at Eastern Washington.

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