After being asked 4,256 times in the last two months about the trade rumours involving the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Jason Maas quietly left the Edmonton Eskimos' dressing room yesterday without holding a farewell gathering with the media.
And who could blame him?
What is left to say?
"He didn't want to get hassled with all the questions," said Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia.
Especially during the last three weeks, Maas has been the media darling in Edmonton, bombarded with questions about his future as he helped the Eskimos win the West semifinal and final before starting quarterback Ricky Ray led the club to the Grey Cup.
The specific rumour of Maas being dealt to Hamilton for an offensive lineman, quarterback Danny McManus and possibly a first-round draft pick has been floating for the last 15 days.
The latest word suggests the trade will happen this week.
If that is the case, the last sight of Maas in the Edmonton dressing room came yesterday.
The backup pivot was clutching two black garbage bags and his Eskimo helmet as he walked out the door.