A hot commodity

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

If Omarr Morgan reaches the free-agent market this winter, he would be a perfect fit into a glaring hole in the Eskimos secondary.

With cornerback Malcolm Frank retiring and the defensive backfield in desperate need of repair, Morgan would be a huge free-agent signing.

A three-time CFL all-star, the 29-year-old import with the Saskatchewan Roughriders has only allowed two touchdowns this year.

"He's a lock-down corner. He's a cornerstone guy and a very coachable young man," said Rider head coach Danny Barrett.

Of course, the Riders want to re-sign him, but if Barrett - the only coach Morgan has had in the CFL - leaves, how much of a factor will that be?

"It is not a deciding factor, but everything weighs in on my decision," admitted Morgan. "I want to win the Grey Cup, I want to be somewhere comfortable and I want be compensated."

You can bet your bottom dollar the Eskimos will take a run at Morgan - and there seems to be some interest on the other side.

"Danny Maciocia is a great coach, he is a winner," continued Morgan. "It is not too far from Regina, but it is a bigger city.

"And the tradition there is unprecedented. I am considering everything. I am not saying 'No' to nobody."

Although CFL salaries are rarely made public, a top-level defensive back could command as much as $125,000 this off-season.

DODGING ONE BULLET ...

Word from Winnipeg late yesterday indicates Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn will likely play on Sunday in the East Division semifinal after hurting his ankle in the final regular-season game in Vancouver.

With Glenn as a starter, Winnipeg is 9-6 this year.

However, the defence might be without mammoth force Doug Brown on the line. There is speculation he has a rotator cuff injury.

BIZARRE BUT TRUE ...

Trying to be on the cutting edge of technology, the CFL has reached a deal with Rogers that allows fans to watch the Grey Cup on cell phones.

And that is not all. Believe it or not, fans can also select a Rogers' package that lets them see team cheerleaders on the cellphone.

STEAMING MAD ...

Montreal owner Robert Wetenhall is upset at Dick Pound's assessment that the CFL is a "summer camp" and "refuge" for suspended NFLers.

According to a Montreal paper, Wetenhall said this to the CFL head office ...

"I know Dick Pound, and as far as I'm concerned, his comments were inappropriate and extremely injurious to the Montreal Alouettes organization, our players and to the outreach programs our organization provides, touching thousands of school-aged people in the Quebec community," Wetenhall wrote in a fax.

SHORT HITS ...

The Bombers finished 9-9, meaning coach Doug Berry hasn't had a losing season for 10 consecutive years ... Where would the Saskatchewan Roughriders be without their charity lottery? Answer: Dead. A record 18,689 tickets were sold this year, generating $590,000 for the club. Since 1986, the Riders have received $9.9 million in funding from the lottery.


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