Maas to Tabbies; McManus returning to Esks?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

The rumour mill is starting to operate at a higher rate.

After months of talk across the country suggesting Edmonton Eskimo backup quarterback Jason Maas will be dealt to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the end of the year, there are now rumours listing potential players coming to Edmonton.

According to an article in the Toronto Sun this week, the Eskimos would trade Maas to the Tabbies for quarterback Danny McManus, offensive guard/centre Tim Bakker and Hamilton's first overall pick in next year's Canadian college draft.

To no surprise, Eskimo CEO and president Hugh Campbell wouldn't discuss the players listed in the trade rumour.

"We would be fools to discuss anything until our season is over," said Campbell.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat organization also declined to talk about the above mentioned rumour.

The Tabbies have made no secret about the fact they are impressed by Maas. The Eskimos have also made it no secret that Maas is not a so-called future consideration in the Troy Davis-Dan Comiskey deal with Hamilton from last month.

McManus and Bakker are both former Eskimos. McManus left as a free agent after the 1997 season.

After celebrating his 40th birthday this season, McManus wants to play another year.

He threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2004, but passed for just 2,544 yards this year with 11 TDs and 18 interceptions.

As for 27-year-old Bakker, he was traded from Edmonton on June 14th, 2003.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia read the Toronto Sun story yesterday in the lockerroom, but admitted he is completely in the dark -- on purpose.

"I would say in the last four or five weeks I haven't spoken with anyone regarding any players," suggested Maciocia.

"And I also have an agreement in principle with our upper management that as far as personnel is concerned in 2006 I don't want to know what is going on (right now).

"I want my focus to be on the stretch run and playoffs."


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