Ray contract a priority

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

The Eskimos are in the early stages of working on a contract offer for quarterback Ricky Ray.

Team management and Ray's agent are talking, with the club's most valuable player wanting to get a new deal done soon. Ray is set to enter the option year on his ultra-rich current deal - believed to be $455,000 a year - in 2008.

"I'd like to get something done before camp and hopefully in the next week or two would be nice," said Ray, who separated his throwing shoulder on Sept. 28 and missed the rest of the season.

With the NFL no longer on his radar, Ray would like a long-term contract.

"I definitely want to be here for the next few years," continued Ray. "If I had it my way it would be nice to play your whole career in one place."

At 28 years of age, Ray has been to the Grey Cup three times in just five seasons in Edmonton. While that likely won't play a huge factor in an offer sheet, whether or not the salary cap limit moves up from $4.05 million will.


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