Frank wants to stay with Esks

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

Malcolm Frank wants to put his body through another season of gridiron punishment.

Although he'll celebrate his 38th birthday this year, Frank has decided against retiring.

"I feel like I can compete another year, so that is what I plan on doing," said Frank while on the phone from Texas yesterday.

"We just won a Grey Cup, so of course I would love to come back (to Edmonton)."

And according to chief operating officer Rick LeLacheur, the Eskimos would love to have Frank back in the fold.

The two sides have exactly five weeks to negotiate before the nine-year CFL import veteran is a free agent.

Although Frank was named to the CFL West Division all-star team for the second straight season in 2005, he could be in a dogfight for his job if he arrives at Eskimo training camp in May.

Canadian Davis Sanchez would likely have the inside track on one corner job.

Promising 25-year-old import sophomore Keyuo Craver would likely challenge Frank for the other starting spot.

Craver didn't give up a TD in the final six games of last season after replacing Sanchez.

Sanchez suffered a torn groin in Toronto on Thanksgiving Day.

EXTRA POINT: E.G. Green is the only surprising name on the list of potential Eskimo free agents. Signed by Tom Higgins in 2004, Green had starred in the 1998 Sugar Bowl as a wide receiver with Florida State before appearing in 29 games with the Indianapolis Colts. However, Green didn't report to the Esks' 2004 training camp and was suspended by the club.


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