Fleming taking it one year at a time

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Sean Fleming isn't tipping his hand in public.

The 16-year Edmonton Eskimo veteran isn't revealing his innermost thoughts on his pending retirement with the media, but this much appears certain: this year or next year will be his last season.

And based on his conversation with head coach Danny Maciocia, the betting line suggests this will be his last year.

"I haven't made any decisions," said the punter/kicker.

"It's year by year.

"I have a good idea of what my time frame is. Danny and I met in the off-season and I gave him an indication of what I was planning on doing. I think he has a good idea of when I am thinking of hanging it up. I am not prepared to talk about that specifically until after the season."

What is definitely certain is that the Eskimos are in the early stages of succession planning after drafting kicker/punter Warren Kean in the first round of the CFL draft.

"Had we (Maciocia and Fleming) not had that conversation, we probably wouldn't be seeing Warren here," continued Fleming, who hasn't seen enough of Kean on the field to make a really firm evaluation of his talent.

"We need to have a transition period.

"You look around the past four or five years in the CFL where teams have lost veteran kickers and they have struggled to find guys to replace those veterans right away.

"Last year I thought (Luca) Congi did a great job field-goal kicking (in Saskatchewan), but the punting, I think, cost them a few games.

"B.C. had issues trying to replace Lui (Passaglia).

"That is what happens when you tear the band-aid off right away - you are left with a void."

Retirement is coming because of Fleming's job with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In a perfect world, the 37 year old wants to retain all three kicking jobs this season while Kean watches from the sidelines.


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