Raise for Braidwood?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Eskimos are going to try to rework Adam Braidwood's contract this off-season. They are hoping to keep him locked in with the club through at least the 2008 season.

The Green and Gold's top rookie is signed for next year, but he is scheduled to reach his option year in 2008 - allowing him to test the NFL waters before the CFL season starts that year. At his current development rate, he could be a coveted prospect south of the border at the end of his CFL sophomore year.

So, head coach Danny Maciocia is hoping to extend the defensive end's contract by at least a year, moving his option to 2009.

"We're going to work on a few people (this winter), including Adam," said Maciocia. The club has already put the bug about a possible new deal in the head of the 22-year-old non-import.

"There are a lot of things at stake," said Braidwood. "The bottom line is that I would like to be paid like one of the top Canadian guys in the league and those guys are paid well.

"To be paid like one of those guys it would be worth it to stay."

That means the Esks will have to cough up between $100,000-$150,000, a significant raise from his current salary.

FINISH LINES: Braidwood gets his full salary this week, but is still on the injured list ... Richard Alston has been added to the roster for tomorrow, joining Toby Zeigler, Anthony Floyd and Ron McClendon.


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