Stamps not about to bid on Morley

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

If there is a bidding war for free-agent tackle Steven Morley, the Calgary Stampeders won't get involved.

Morley, the first-overall pick by the Stamps in 2003, was cut by the Seattle Seahawks Monday and will be highly sought after if he decides to come back to the CFL.

Stampeders GM Jim Barker said the team is pleased with its offensive line and doesn't have the salary-cap room to meet Morley's price tag, anyway.

However, Barker has made contact with the 6-ft. 7-in. lineman's agent and is under the impression Morley will wait around for an NFL offer.

"He has four games to go before he gets the NFL pension," Barker said. "He's going to hang around to see if he can get it.

"Unless somebody (in the CFL) offers him something huge, he will probably wait. We're not in the running for him at this point."

Morley played the 2003 season with the Stamps before signing with the Green Bay Packers.

Although he only played sparingly since college at St. Mary's, Morley could command big dollars in Canada because he has non-import status and would be a starter at left tackle.

"People will go into their seasons and see if they have a pressing need," Barker said.

HATHAWAY DONE

Stampeders fullback Cory Hathaway tore an Achilles tendon in the morning practice yesterday and will miss the entire 2007 season.

"He's devastated," said head coach Tom Higgins. "It was an extremely difficult conversation to have with a young man.

"He thought this was going to be a good place for him."

Hathaway was injured on an innocent-looking receiving play and the training staff had to get a golf cart to carry him off. He is scheduled for surgery today.

Higgins said the team won't sign another fullback to replace Hathaway. The team has been impressed so far with the work of rookie Canadian Gerald Commissiong.

EXTRA POINTS

The first cuts came yesterday as LB Stephen Wilson and WR Roscoe Crosby were released ... The team takes a break from two-a-days with one session today at 9 a.m.


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