Aaron Fiacconi heard the trade rumours with his name tied to a potential Jesse Lumsden deal.
But the non-import offensive lineman is still with the Edmonton Eskimos - for now.
Set to be a healthy scratch for the twelfth time this year when the Green and Gold play the B.C. Lions tomorrow in Vancouver (8:30 p.m. MT, TSN, CHED), Fiacconi plans to talk to team management at the end of the season.
Not trying to ruffle any feathers and still 100% committed to the club for this year, Fiacconi is understandably interested where he will sit with the team going into 2009.
A starter for eight games for the Esks down the stretch last year, the 28-year-old signed a three-year deal to end 2007 but has yet to take a snap on the O-line in a regular-season game this year.
He has been an emergency back-up the entire campaign - either as a healthy scratch on the four-man reserve list or on the sidelines in an uniform for three games.
"You only have so many years to play this game. I think I can play at this level," said the seven-year CFL veteran.
"I think I have shown I can play pretty well. It has been a long year."
With enough versatility to start at all three offensive line positions, Fiacconi's name was thrown around while the Esks pursued Lumsden on the trade market.
Fiacconi's stock diminished in Edmonton when John Comiskey, Garrick Jones and Calvin Armstrong were acquired in the off-season.
He'll meet with management to discuss his future after the season.
"Not having played a snap (this year) ... to come back into this situation next year without a plan is going to be pretty hard to do," he said.
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