Eskimos pass up Steinauer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos have tried three players at safety this year but aren't interested in Orlondo Steinauer.

A five-time CFL all-star, Steinauer was cut by the Toronto Argos on Monday - putting the highly-respected veteran on the street for any team to grab.

But Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia doesn't seem interested in giving him a contract.

"Not right now because we are happy with our free-safety play," said Maciocia on whether the Esks were interested in Steinauer.

Jason Goss, Trey Young and Siddeeq Shabazz have all started at least one game for the Green and Gold at safety through eight regular-season tilts.

Until being cut on Monday, Steinauer was one of the most feared safeties across the league.

At 35, he's not a spring chicken in the CFL, which is surely hurting his stock on the open market.

And a CFL source indicates the 13-year veteran was likely earning close to $100,000.

With many teams dealing with costly injuries and trying to stay under the $4.2-million salary cap, Steinauer's price tag could prove to be much too high.

When he was released on Monday, the Eskimos were quickly mentioned as a possible destination.

FINISH LINES: Young is questionable for the Labour Day game in Calgary with an ankle problem that forced him to miss last Thursday's win against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Eskimos will practice today in preparation for the annual holiday classic - which is their next game - but it's unclear if Young will be on the field.

"I don't know if he will make it for Monday. But he could potentially make it for Friday (Sept. 5th game)," said Maciocia.

"In order for him to play he has got to practice.

"It's touch and go (whether he can practice)."


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