Maas loves green and gold

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

Jason Maas has spent his entire five-year CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Naturally, the 29-year-old quarterback would like nothing more than to retire from the game wearing Green and Gold.

Maas is entering the option year of his contract with the Esks and is currently in the throes of negotiating a new deal which would further that ambition.

"We're talking about it, but it's not done," explained Maas. "Obviously, I'd like to stay in Edmonton. I have my home here and my wife has a business here now.

"I don't have any visions of going down south (to the NFL). One of my goals when I came up here was to finish my career in one place. I would definitely like a longer-term deal.

"My last one was for three (years) and an option. I'd like something similar. That would give me four more years. I'll be 33 by that point. It's up to my body whether I can put up with it."

Head coach Danny Maciocia says he's not involved with the ongoing negotiations, but clearly likes the idea of Maas inking a long-term contract.

"I want him to be here as long as I'm here," said Maciocia. "I love the guy. How can you not love Jason? He's exactly what I want in a quarterback.

"He's a competitor. He's so team-oriented. It's not all about him. He'll do whatever it takes for the team to have success.

"What else can you ask from a quarterback? He puts in the long hours. He's become a student of the game. That's exactly who you want playing quarterback."

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