Decisions, decisions

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

It appears Rashad Jeanty will have some intriguing decisions to make in the next month.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive end is about to receive at least one NFL contract offer, according to his agent.

"I would say it's a 100% (probability) that he will have an offer from at least one and maybe from as many as four (NFL) teams by Feb. 15," said David Canter.

Jeanty learned yesterday that he has a workout with the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 20.

The exceptionally talented third-year Eskimo has already worked out for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts this winter.

REALIZATION

"In talking to NFL teams they realize something very easily - and that is you are talking about a player that has three years of professional football experience at the second-highest level in the world and has been a dominant player," explained Canter.

Jeanty recorded eight sacks in just 14 games in 2005.

He finished second on the Green and Gold and 11th overall in the CFL in sacks even though he missed almost a quarter of the season due to shoulder and hamstring problems.

"It is very, very rare that you can get a kid that is (22 years old) that has been doing it at the professional level for a long time," continued Canter.

"And so it behooves (NFL teams) to put together an offer sheet that convinces (Rashad) not to go back to Canada."

The question is: How good of an offer will come before the Feb. 15 deadline?

ENTERING OPTION YEAR

With Jeanty entering his option year with the Esks, he has until then to shop his services in the U.S. before returning to Edmonton for another year.

The NFL's minimum salary is $235,000 US, more than three times Jeanty's CFL pay.

However, salaries aren't guaranteed south of the border, meaning if he's cut in an American training camp in August, he would have been further ahead playing in the CFL for an entire year.

"So, the signing bonus (with an NFL team) will be a factor," said Canter. "The number of players at that position for the NFL team is also going to be a major factor.

"And then you have to look at whether the deal has incentives."

At the moment, Jeanty has Indianapolis and his hometown Miami Dolphins at the top of the list.

The Colts share top billing because of their defensive format.

"Their defensive end is pretty much an upfield end (rushing the quarterback). And my forte is defensive end," said the six-foot-three, 230-pounder, who's being looked at as a linebacker.

By the end of next week, the Bengals could be the best fit.


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