Esks amp up for free agency

Edmonton Eskimos' head coach Kavis Reed speaks to the media on Friday at Commonwealth Stadium about...

Edmonton Eskimos' head coach Kavis Reed speaks to the media on Friday at Commonwealth Stadium about staff and player changes that were made this week. (Perry Mah, QMI Agency)

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

In about a month, the CFL free-agent frenzy will start.

Even though the Eskimos have secured many of the players they want back for the 2012 season, there’s still work to be done before the Feb. 16 deadline.

Esks head coach Kavis Reed acknowleges Rod Davis, Greg Peach, Jerome Messan and Mark Restelli are in different spaces.

The Davis situation remains close to being resolved.

“Rod is still very much in the plans,” said Reed. “It has not been an acrimonious situation where tempers have flared. We’ve been very close a couple of times.”

Messam still has some NFL aspirations and plans to work out for some teams south of the border.

“Everything is still good there,” said Reed. “Obviously, you want the best for the player, but I’m very optimistic he’ll be an intregal part of our team. Our conversations have been good. He knows, personally, I’m going to support him in his endeavors of his (NFL) dream. If the opportunity does not come, we’ll invite him back with open arms.”

After a tryout with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, Restelli was unable to break back into the Esks starting lineup when he joined the team mid-season.

“Given the depth we have at the linebacker position, we want to be fair to him,” said Reed. “Mark is a supreme talent. He didn’t get the opportunity to get on the field because we had very good talent there.”

When Restelli came back, he was unable to dislodge Davis, J.C. Sherritt or Damaso Munoz.

“We want to make certain he understands the depth is still there. If he wants to explore free agency, it’s within his right and we’ll support him. We’d love to have him back with the understanding there’d be tremendous competition.”

SAY WHAT: “Based on Rich (former defensive co-ordinator Stubler) coming up to me one day and telling me he’s (Chris Bauman) the best receiver, I think he’ll end up in B.C.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca 


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