Trade winds in the air

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

A savvy veteran, Omarr Morgan sees the conflict.

With the Edmonton Eskimos acquiring Jordan Younger in a trade on Friday, the club now has two all-star calibre players at the same position.

Both Morgan and Younger play weak-side cornerback.

That fact, plus the league-mandated $4.2-million salary cap has raised speculation of the Eskimos making another move in the secondary this off-season.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia isn't tipping his hand on whether he will pull another trade to drop salary in the secondary.

Morgan has also heard the speculation of another potential trade.

"I don't know," said Morgan when asked if he believed a swap could happen. "We were under the salary cap last year and it went up (this year).

"(Maciocia) has four quality DBs (Jason Goss, Stanford Samuels, Jordan Younger, Morgan) back there that can play some football, so he has some leeway."

At the moment, those four DBs will combine to earn almost $445,000 this year.

That is big money for a CFL secondary.

Another possibility is the Esks just releasing one of the four if a trade can't be done for salary reasons.

The spotlight is currently on Morgan. Besides playing the same position as Younger, Morgan carries a very hefty contract.

Lured to Edmonton through free agency last winter, Morgan signed a five-year deal worth almost $725,000.

That means the 31-year-old import has an average yearly salary of nearly $145,000.

By comparison, Younger is 30-years-old and will earn $80,000 this year.

Morgan wants to return to the Green and Gold this season and isn't opposed to switching to the other side of the field to play corner.

"Whatever they want me to do," said Morgan. "Whatever is best for the team. I just want to win."


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