Pressure on snapper to sign

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

Crunch time is coming for Taylor Inglis.

The talented long-snapper will soon have to decide if he's going to continue to pursue his NFL dream this off-season or sign another contract with the Edmonton Eskimos.

"I just went down to a free-agent showcase camp in (Las) Vegas and Baltimore, Philadelphia and Seattle were there," said Inglis.

Only the Seattle Seahawks are showing interest in the 24-year-old Edmonton native.

However, there is no definite indication that Inglis will be invited to a second workout - specifically for long snappers - in Seattle in April.

Further to that, if Inglis does attend that tryout, he might have to wait to see if a contract offer comes his way.

And that is where the rub is.

The Eskimos have been very patient with Inglis so far - but have now started talking to him about the possibility of another deal.

With the Esks' training camp 10 weeks away, the club wants to finalize all of its player matters sooner rather than later.

"I don't want to be in a situation where I wait on something (like a possible NFL contract) that is not actually going to materialize and screw up both opportunities," said the three-year Eskimo veteran.

The difference in dollars in this equation is staggering.

If Inglis is offered a NFL contract, it has to be worth a minimum of $295,000 US.

On the flip side, a good long-snapper in the CFL earns $55,000-$60,000.

As a CFL free agent, Inglis is sure to draw interest from other Canadian clubs this spring.

But with an off-season real estate job in this city, the former Edmonton Wildcat wants to stay with the Green and Gold if he chooses to return to the CFL.


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