LB Wiltshire flies west

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET

The number of former Montreal Alouettes in the Igloo continues to mount. Kelly Wiltshire is about to become the second ex-Alouette fished out of the CFL free-agent pool by the Edmonton Eskimos this year. Given rookie Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia's ties to the Alouettes, that should come as no surprise.

Wiltshire, 32, was selected in the CFL's expansion draft and spent the past two seasons in an Ottawa Renegades uniform. The five-foot-11, 192-pound Wiltshire played both linebacker and free safety last year.

"I'm going to be in Edmonton, I can tell you that," offered the James Madison University grad, who was drafted by Toronto in 1996 and played three seasons with the Argos before signing with his hometown Als in 2000.

"I've just got to call my agent and ask him about a couple of things. It's probably going to get done over the weekend."

Both sides have agreed on a dollar figure but Wiltshire is debating the length of contract.

"I'm not going to complain about the money, and the organization speaks for itself," said Wiltshire, who is weighing the merits of a two- or three-year deal.

Defensive lineman Tim Fleizser has also come to terms on a contract with the Esks. Like Wiltshire, the Harvard-educated Fleizser played in Montreal before joining the Renegades.

In the wake of the Ed Hervey fiasco, Maciocia is reluctant to include either player in the Esks' fold until he's seen the signed contracts.

"What you've got in a guy like Tim Fleizser is a quality individual that has played in this league and is a force to be reckoned with on special teams," Maciocia said of the non-import, who was a starter in Ottawa last season. "Whether he's in the rotation or a starter, he's going to make some form of contribution to the football team."

HERE'S TO YOU, MR. ROBINSON: Non-import wide receiver Scott Robinson is nearing a new deal with the Esks. All indications are Robinson will sign the new pact early next week.

Saskatchewan and B.C. also made pitches for the 26-year-old Simon Fraser University product.

"Edmonton is where he wants to be if he can and their numbers are competitive," said Robinson's agent Ross Gurney.

LATE HITS: Maciocia, along with several other members of the Esks' front office is headed to Winnipeg on Monday for the CFL Winter Congress. It is believed Maciocia will huddle with former Blue Bombers head coach Dave Ritchie regarding Edmonton's vacant defensive co-ordinator position. Ritchie is currently scheduled to meet with B.C.'s Wally Buono.


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