Right Mann for job?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Expect to see Maurice Mann resurface with the Edmonton Eskimos today.

The talented wide receiver told Sun Media he anticipates being able to practise with the Eskimos today.

Cut by the Washington Redskins on Aug. 30, Mann played the waiting game in the NFL for nearly a week - but when his phone didn't ring with a contract offer from another team, he ventured north.

"It is pretty frustrating," said Mann on not being able to crack the NFL after having a very good training camp.

"It is a humbling experience. But at the same time it is a learning experience. I don't really think it is based on my talent as a receiver. It is based upon a numbers game and the time being right.

"I am just happy to have the opportunity come up (to Edmonton) and play, which is all that is important now."

Being able to actually play in meaningful games seems to be the driving force in Mann coming back to the Eskimos.

The 25-year-old import played three games for the Green and Gold last year - catching nine passes for 127 yards - before joining the Redskins in the off-season through the option-year escape clause in his CFL contract.

The Eskimos haven't spoken publicly about Mann since his release from Washington, but it's believed they have been interested for weeks.

The personable wideout caught 11 passes in the NFL preseason - second-most on the Redskins roster - but was cut on the final day of training camp.

Not able to stick on a practice roster in the NFL because he has eclipsed the time allowed by league rules, Mann had to be signed by another team to the 53-man roster.

That likely hurt his stock in a major way, leaving him without a home south of the border at the moment.

Mann was scheduled to arrive in Edmonton yesterday.

Before he can join the Eskimos he has to pass a physical.

But Mann believes he's in good enough shape and mentally sharp enough to step in and play right away if the Esks need him to.

Without Jason Tucker, the club could use another import receiver.

But whether Mann steps back into his starting role he had to end last year with the Esks is unclear.

Kelly Campbell and Fred Stamps - both imports - are on pace for 1,000 receiving yards this season.

Right now the Esks don't have room on the roster for three starting import receivers because of a lack of non-import starters elsewhere on the roster.

Once non-imports Adam Braidwood (knee) or Dan Comiskey (ankle) return, the Esks could add another import receiver to the starting unit.

Braidwood and Comiskey returned to the practice field yesterday but neither will play this week.

Mann still has a valid contract with the Eskimos even though he escaped to the NFL. The current contract is over at the end of the year, making him a free agent.

But it appears he is mulling over the idea of staying in the CFL for much longer.

"I think we are in the mix of something new and hopefully something a little bit longer," said Mann. "I liked it last year (in Edmonton). They are winning again. That is always a bonus - to be part of a winning team.

"You can't go wrong with that."


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