Lock 'em up!

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Joffrey Reynolds gets paid to make smart decisions.

Running backs end up on their backs if they don't, so the Calgary Stampeders ball carrier is taking his time to choose the right one when it comes to his future.

Sandro DeAngelis is paid to split the uprights.

Placekickers who don't soon find themselves bartending or selling cars and the Stamps hoofer is a lock to have steady work putting 3's on the scoreboard for years to come.

Although the lure of NFL money is still out there for both, lucrative offers from the Stamps should keep them in Red and White for the foreseeable future.

Stampeders president Ted Hellard said yesterday the team is "on the verge of signing both" while official announcements could come as early as today.

DeAngelis confirmed yesterday he agreed to a deal that should keep him in Stamps colours through the 2009 season, although he could still get his option-year shot in the NFL after '08.

Reynolds, however, insisted he hasn't committed to the Stamps long-term just yet.

"I'm just trying to figure out if I could go to the NFL or not," said Reynolds, 26, the CFL's leading rusher with 667 yards and a 7.4-yard average.

"It's a hard decision, although I know (the Stamps) want to get it done as soon as possible.

"But to me I'm still weighing my options."

Reynolds has spent time with St. Louis, Cleveland and the Giants. New York cut the Houston product in 2004, opening the door for the Stampeders to acquire the 5-ft. 10-in., 221-pounder.

"It's still early because (NFL teams) are just starting training camps right now and we have a long season ahead," Reynolds said of his NFL prospects.

"I'm sure I'll get a look (in the NFL), although how good of a look, I don't know. For me to go back down there, though, it would have to be a really good situation for me."

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old DeAngelis -- a Nebraska product, born and raised in Niagara Falls -- is among the top CFL kickers with an 86.7% success rate on field goals in his sophomore year.

His Canadian birth certificate makes him that much more valuable in the CFL.

Although NFL money is tempting, he will still be in his prime when the opportunity arises again.

"That's some of the things I've taken into account -- years, numbers, I've been looking around and talking to some pretty high-profile people in the kicking game in the NFL and coaches," DeAngelis said.

"I've got a lot of contacts from going to Nebraska, doing all the research I can."


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