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According to Sun Media sources, Edmonton Eskimos QB Jason Mass will be officially dealt to the...

According to Sun Media sources, Edmonton Eskimos QB Jason Mass will be officially dealt to the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday. (Edmonton Sun Photo/Walter Tychnowicz)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

Jason Maas will officially be announced as the new quarterback of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats today.

The Sun has learned the paperwork for the trade has been forwarded to the CFL head office, with the deal being formally unveiled today.

The trade involves Maas going to Hamilton with QB Danny McManus, offensive lineman Tim Bakker and the first pick in next year's Canadian college draft coming to Edmonton.

WAITING TO FLY

However, Maas will not be in Steeltown this afternoon. Instead he will remain in Edmonton waiting to fly with his daughter to Indiana tomorrow for a previously planned vacation.

To no one's surprise, the Eskimo organization is remaining tight-lipped on the trade.

"I can't confirm or deny the trade will be consummated," said Dave Jamieson, the Eskimos' director of communications and marketing late yesterday.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats' brass is also declining to confirm the deal.

When the trade is announced it will end months of speculation. As Edmonton's backup QB, Maas repeatedly faced questions this fall about his future as rumours circulated.

The rumour mill hit its peak this week.

Along with constant talk of the McManus-Bakker-draft pick scenario, a report from eastern Canada stated the Toronto Argos and Saskatchewan Roughriders made a major effort to pry Maas from the Green and Gold.

RUMOUR MILL

One reported rumour suggests the Argos offered six-time all-star punter/kicker Noel Prefontaine and two other players to the Eskimos in a straight exchange for Maas.

This marks the first time Maas has ever been traded, but it's the third stop in his professional career.

After signing with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and appearing in one preseason game in 1999, he moved north to play six years in Edmonton.

The 30-year-old Wisconsin native leaves the Eskimos while sitting eighth on the team's all-time list for passing yards and passing touchdowns.


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