Heard may not be seen

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

Ronnie Heard might not be heard from during Edmonton Eskimo training camp.

Considered one of the club's more intriguing off-season signings, the former NFLer is apparently considering another job opportunity instead of reporting to the Green and Gold to compete for Singor Mobley's old linebacker spot.

"From what I understand he has been offered a coaching job so he is in the process of thinking about it," said Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia.

"He may or may not come (to training camp)."

Based in Texas, Heard didn't return a phone call to the Sun yesterday. The Esks are hoping to officially figure out his status today. Main training camp starts Sunday.

Maciocia isn't clear on the exact details of Heard's potential coaching job, but he's not exactly pleased after finding out last week.

"I'm disappointed," he remarked.

"If there is something that comes up that you feel is better for you, then I respect that.

"We want guys that are going to come in here that are going to make a firm commitment to what we are trying to do here in 2007.

"No use being here if you don't want to be here."

A six-year NFL veteran, Heard seemed excited and ready to report to the club in late March when his signing was announced.

The 30-year-old import has 85 NFL games under his belt and 157 solo tackles on his resume.

If he doesn't show up, the outside linebacker spot will become a three-horse race: returnee Marcus Winn, veteran Antico Dalton and newcomer Kenny Onatolu.


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