Morgan still on the table

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

The Omarr Morgan bidding war is apparently still going.

With at least three contract offers - including one from Edmonton and Saskatchewan - on his table, the personable but talented cornerback still hadn't decided as of late last night.

"From what I understand, he is still a free agent," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia late in the evening.

Roughrider general manager Eric Tillman also told the Sun last night that Morgan is apparently still up for grabs.

A seven-year Rider, Morgan is considered the most sought-after CFL free agent.

A six-time CFLPA all-star, the 30-year-old import did admit earlier yesterday he was trying to let his agent handle affairs.

"I am not trying to make this thing go a long time," he said from Los Angeles. "I am just relaxing and letting my agent do all the work."

It's believed Morgan is looking for a salary near $150,000 a year.

Saskatchewan was considered the front-runner to sign Morgan to another deal entering yesterday because of his strong ties to defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall.

NOT INTERESTED: The Esks didn't take a shot at veteran starting offensive lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek yesterday.

"I was kind of surprised by that," said Abou-Mechrek, the top O-lineman on the market.

Looking for a salary near $115,000, the eight-year CFLer was negotiating with Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.

But with the Riders offering more money as of late yesterday, a return to Winnipeg appeared in doubt.

FIELD GOALS: RB Eric Lapointe retired from the Montreal Alouettes after eight CFL seasons ... Free-agent WR Ryan Thelwell is headed to Calgary after spending the first six years of his career in B.C. ... The Stamps also acquired OL Garrick Jones and first- and fifth-round picks from Winnipeg for OL Alexandre Gauthier and a third-round pick ... Winnipeg re-signed DB Anthony Malbrough ... Besides Thelwell, the Lions also lost Canadian DL Nautyn McKay-Loescher to Hamilton ... Toronto signed former NFL WRs Eugene Baker and Todd Devoe.


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