No talk with top lineman

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

REGINA -- Don't hold your breath for the Edmonton Eskimos to land offensive lineman Steve Morley anytime soon.

Cut by the New York Jets in early September, the former first overall pick in the 2003 CFL college draft hasn't had any contact with the Green and Gold, according to Eskimos president Rick LeLacheur.

But Edmonton's chief money counter does know one important factor.

"He's way overpriced," he said before the start of last night's Edmonton-Saskatchewan tilt at Mosaic Stadium.

LeLacheur wouldn't reveal what Morley's asking price is, but confirmed he has heard the rumours that the hulking 6-foot-7, 330-pounder is asking for about $200,000.

The former Calgary Stampeder started 10 games in his rookie CFL year before spending two full years in the NFL. With the ability to play either tackle spot on the offensive line, the 25-year-old non-import could be an anchor for any team for the next 10 years.

But according to recent reports, he's understandably hoping to latch on with another NFL team this fall.

STAR STRUCK: Some of the Edmonton Eskimos were stargazing at the Hotel Saskatchewan yesterday afternoon, as Oscar-award winning actress Charlize Theron sat in the hotel lounge adjacent to the lobby.

"Nobody could work up (the courage) to ask her to the game," cracked Eskimos communications director Dave Jamieson.

Due to the late 8 p.m. start, the Esks were forced to check out of their rooms and hang around in the lobby for two and a half hours before the bus left for the stadium at 5:30 p.m.

FINISH LINES: As expected, the Esks scratched DB Keyuo Craver, WR Trevor Gaylor, OL Glen Carson and DT Jabari Issa last night.


Videos

Photos