Esks, Davis looking to get a deal done

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

While Troy Davis was enjoying a wonderful stretch run with the Edmonton Eskimos this fall, the phone lines were quietly burning.

Eskimo general manager Paul Jones and agent Bob Kirchheimer are already in the midst of discussions designed to keep Davis in Edmonton for years to come.

"We certainly have talked," said Kirchheimer from North Carolina yesterday, "and Troy is very happy in Edmonton."

The two parties have almost 80 days to hammer out a deal before Davis becomes a free agent.

"I think everything will be fine," said Jones, while on his cellphone in Houston yesterday afternoon.

Signing a contract with Edmonton seemed unimaginable this spring.

Davis was one of the cornerstones of the Hamilton offence and wanted to sign another deal with the Tiger-Cats.

"But what a difference six or seven weeks make," continued Kirchheimer, who became Davis's agent in February.

Davis arrived in Edmonton via trade during the second week of October and promptly averaged nearly 100 yards during the final four regular-season games.

In Sunday's Grey Cup victory, he had 11 carries for 68 yards for a 6.2-yard average.

In one of the most telling statistics of the entire year, the Eskimos were 6-1 in the seven games after Davis arrived.

Needless to say, it has been a perfect relationship so far.

"I haven't felt like this since 1993, my senior year in high school," said Davis.

"That was my state championship game and we went 15-0 through the season.

"I was happy then and 12 years later I am happy again, getting another ring.

"I'd love to come back (next year)."

SHORT YARDAGE: It could have been a Grey Cup to forget for Malcolm Frank.

Montreal receiver Dave Stala beat Frank in the first overtime session Sunday afternoon to score the go-ahead touchdown for the Als.

If Edmonton's Ricky Ray hadn't found Jason Tucker in the corner of the same end zone on the Eskimos' first OT series, Montreal would have walked away victorious.

Instead of answering critical questions of how he got beat for the game-winning score, Frank is just being quizzed on his future, as he will become a free agent this winter.

"Sometimes teams want to go younger, but I still think I got another year in me, especially after winning the Grey Cup," said the consistently polite 37-year-old cornerback.

"But we will see how the body heals and go from there."

Frank is one of nine free agents on the squad.


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