Marsh will be checking out NFL options

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The window of opportunity is about to open for Steven Marsh.

The question is: Will an NFL team have a big enough offer for him to jump?

The Edmonton Eskimo starting linebacker is about to enter the option year of his contract, meaning he will have a chance this winter to sign in the NFL.

But money is just one issue. Being closer to his four-year-old son, Takaree, who has had three open-heart operations in Tennessee, is another factor.

"That would be a big benefit," said Marsh.

"It is tough being away from him for six months.

"It has been two years (in Edmonton) and he is turning five next year. So, that is really important."

Eskimo GM Paul Jones admits Marsh will get a look from NFL teams, but ...

"Steven is not going to be a linebacker in the NFL. But he could be a safety," explained Jones. "But he is tailormade to our system."

At five-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Marsh was to be the opening-day safety for the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in 2003, but was cut days before, which prompted his move north.

The only potential hiccup this winter during his window of opportunity could be his strained left knee, which didn't allow him to finish the Grey Cup game.


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