Tillman free to talk to Stamps

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders are no closer to hiring personnel whiz Eric Tillman, even though the Ottawa GM has been given permission to shop for work.

His fate in Ottawa is all but sealed after a disappointing 5-13 season, Tillman's third straight non-playoff campaign with the Renegades. His contract expires in January.

He is expected to meet today with Renegades ownership to discuss his future.

Stampeders president Ron Rooke said the club isn't negotiating to add Tillman to the staff but didn't rule out the possibility.

"Not at this time, no," Rooke said.

"I've read (in the newspapers) Tillman and (head coach Joe) Paopao have both been given permission to talk to other teams but Matt (Dunigan) and I are going to sit down and evaluate everything."

Tillman was under consideration when the Stampeders GM job was open last off-season. While Dunigan isn't expected to relinquish his GM duties, Tillman could be added as an assistant or might assume a role as director of player personnel, scouring the U.S. for talent.

The lack of a U.S.-based personnel director with strong connections to the NFL and American colleges was one of the Stampeders' glaring weaknesses this season and Tillman could fill that role.

Paopao, Renegades head coach the past three seasons, could also be considered as Stampeders offensive co-ordinator, one of three titles held by Dunigan in 2004.

Rooke and Dunigan have set aside Wednesday for meetings about the immediate future of the Stampeders personnel department.

Miles Gorrell, director of Canadian player personnel, is expected to remain with the team although his role could be transformed in 2005 to include U.S. scouting.


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