Coach: Vaughn not gone yet

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

Danny Maciocia is fielding call and making inquiries of his own.

But despite the flurry of activity burning up the phone lines, the Edmonton Eskimos head coach has nothing concrete on the trading block. So, at least for now, Terry Vaughn is still an Eskimo.

"There's no development as far as I'm concerned," said Maciocia yesterday. "People call every day and I do the same thing with the other teams. This off-season, I think off our roster half of the guys' names have come up (in trade talk)."

Vaughn has been rumoured to be heading to Ottawa since the Eskimos apparently looked to cut his salary, believed to be in the neighbourhood of $200,000 per season. The Renegades need help at the receiver spot and the Esks are looking to upgrade their selections in next week's CFL draft so a trade seems imminent. A talented veteran like Vaughn would be a good fit but ....

"We have never said we want to move Terry," said Maciocia. "That assumption is out there. People want to know what my plans are and the direction that the team is going because we've made so many changes. A lot of people think that I've put my stamp on this team and that I'm going in a different direction, so some guys from the past may not be here anymore.

"I guess I would do the same thing with the other teams, too. If I had to say I've put my stamp on this team it would be that we've significantly upgraded our Canadian content. I like the direction that we're headed in and I think that it's going to make us a better team."

MAAS ON MEND: Quarterback Jason Maas was back on the practice field yesterday throwing the ball as he continues to heal from off-season shoulder surgery.

"A lot were short or intermediate passes but I threw about 12 to 14 balls 35 to 40 yards," said Maas. "There was some pain here and there but nothing that would deter me."

Maas figured his rehab was right on schedule and that by May 1 he would be throwing close to full-capacity.

"I expect he'll be fully recovered when he comes to camp," added Maciocia. "He's not an everyday guy when it comes to rehab. He doesn't give you a half-hour, he'll give you an hour-and-a-half. I think he's ahead of the game."

NEW RECRUITS: The Eskimos added some receiver depth to their training camp roster by signing free agents Devin Lewis and Chris Kelley yesterday.

Lewis, a 25-year-old out of Southern University, had brief stints with Minnesota and Houston and played in one pre-season game with the Green Bay Packers in 2002. He was cut by the Packers last July.

Kelley is coming off two seasons with the University of Memphis where the six-foot-one, 200-pounder played 25 games and caught four touchdown passes. He also notched 233 yards on 14 kick returns last season for the Tigers.


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