Sean still kickin' around

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The last little piece of doubt has disappeared.

After admitting last week he wasn't completely certain about his football future, Sean Fleming will return to the Edmonton Eskimos for the 2006 season.

The Sun has also learned that Fleming has verbally agreed to a new contract, with the Esks expected to make a formal announcement next week.

The club's all-time scoring leader was unavailable for comment.

The 14-year Eskimo veteran was entering the option year of his previous contract. It's believed the non-import punter/kicker earns about $80,000 per year.

With CFL contracts rarely guaranteed, the length of the contract isn't critical, but the deal could pave the path for Fleming to retire as an Eskimo.

It could also lead to a transitional phase in the kicking department in the next two years.

The 36-year-old Burnaby, B.C., native has talked about possibly retiring in the next few years.

"Maybe we bring in a young guy that either sticks on the practice roster or maybe takes over one of the positions on the team - and transitions over to do both jobs," said Fleming last week, while discussing a possible transition situation.

After a mid-season slump, Fleming connected on 21 of 23 field-goal attempts to end last year.


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