Bart man's future in doubt

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Playing out his option is an oxymoron in Bart Hendricks's case.

The 26-year-old backup quarterback is in the final year of his contract with the Eskimos and has seen action in only five games this season.

He talked contract with the Esks brass regarding a new deal prior to training camp but hasn't heard from them since.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen," said Hendricks, who signed for two years plus an option after being released by the San Diego Chargers in July 2002. "We'll see what happens at the end of the season. I'm kind of curious to see what's going to happen because I still want to play some football."

Hendricks's longest stint on the gridiron came when starter Jason Maas went down against the Toronto Argonauts at SkyDome in early August. The Boise State product took over just before halftime and was good on six of 12 pass attempts for 92 yards before giving way to No. 3 man Jason Johnson.

The dozen pass attempts in that game equalled his combined total in his other four relief appearances.

The Arena Football League, NFL Europe or testing the CFL free-agent market in February are all possibilities for Hendricks.

"Playing out your option is one of those gambles," he said. "If I'm not playing, why should I sign if I'm not playing? Then again, if you don't play you don't really have much leverage to come to the table with.

"Every (CFL) team pretty much has an established starter right now. The main thing is I don't have a whole lot of playing time. I think there's a few options out there. Let's just say it's not a good situation right now."

GO SOX GO

Esks defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall was sporting a mile-wide grin yesterday. A diehard Boston Red Sox fan, Marshall was basking in the glory of the Beantowners' historic comeback from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the New York Yankees. "This doesn't kill the Curse of the Bambino but it certainly puts a dent in it," he smiled. "The last four games were pretty enjoyable. Hopefully they can figure out a way to win four more."

CHANGE IN STORE?

Randy Spencer (shoulder) could be a scratch come Sunday, which would mean Patrick Kabongo may make his first CFL start since coming over from Ottawa.


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