Just too rich for Esks

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia says Bobby Singh likely won't fit into their current...

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia says Bobby Singh likely won't fit into their current financial plan. (Sun File/Brendon Dlouhy)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Don't hold your breath over Bobby Singh potentially coming to the Edmonton Eskimos.

While a report indicates the Eskimos are interested in the B.C. Lions right guard, head coach Danny Maciocia will not confirm or deny it.

More importantly, Singh's salary likely won't fit into the Eskimos' current financial plan.

Maciocia did confirm yesterday the Green and Gold don't have the wiggle room to sign Singh for $80,000 to $100,000 - meaning Edmonton would have to re-work its roster with another major cut before their training camp starts on June 2.

"I'm sure (Singh's) name will circulate and it will go around the (staff) table," Maciocia admitted yesterday.

"Bobby Singh is a very good offensive lineman, but we are very happy with our offensive line."

That was as far as Maciocia would go while waiting to catch a connecting flight home from Denver late yesterday afternoon.

Singh is shopping his services around the league after the B.C. Lions signed offensive lineman Rob Murphy last week for a reported $140,000 a year.

The led the Leos to try to release Singh, who countered with an offer to reconfigure his contract.

The Lions are apparently looking at offering a contract near $80,000, nearly $50,000 less than the current deal.

The official offer will likely come this week.

But in the meantime, B.C. allowed Singh to talk to other teams.

According to a Vancouver report, the Stampeders and Esks are interested.

There is also speculation of Toronto being keen to work out a contract.

The 31-year-old brings five years of CFL experience and non-import status to the table.

However, he is coming off shoulder surgery this off-season.

He missed six games last year and is apparently rehabbing the injury.

Singh didn't offer comments yesterday.

Currently, the Eskimos are heading to camp with import Raleigh Roundtree as the returning starter at right guard.


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