Eskies tackle Keith rumours

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Eskimos are not in the hunt for running back Kenton Keith.

At least, that was the word from Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday.

While media reports from outside Edmonton circulated yesterday morning suggesting the Green and Gold had inquired about Keith -- who was recently cut by the NFL's Indianapolis Colts -- Maciocia ended the speculation after hearing of the reports.

"We have not contacted anybody," Maciocia said.

Keith found stardom in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

A shifty tailback who can cut on a dime, Keith played four seasons in Regina, gaining almost 3,900 yards.

He had two 1,000-yard campaigns in the CFL before he left for the NFL.

The Toronto Argos are rumoured to be the front-runners to acquire Keith if he doesn't join another NFL roster.

It's believed Keith will command a salary of at least $50,000 for the second-half of the 2008 CFL campaign, plus there is speculation he might receive money up front.

The Esks are rather thin at the tailback position after rookie AJ Harris and Calvin McCarty. And Harris, who put up 189 yards Aug. 21, is battling a calf problem.


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