Eskimos will be tinkering

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

It's official: 2010 is not a rebuilding year for the Edmonton Eskimos, which overhauled the majority of its roster in the last off-season.

This year, the team put itself in a position to watch free agency from the sidelines while they plan to do some tinkering to their roster instead of a full-fledged overhaul.

"We finished 9-9, three points out (of first place in the West)," said Eskimos general manager Maciocia. "The question is how do you make up those three points and a few more?"

Although the overall puzzle is intact, Maciocia said there are still some missing pieces.

"I'd like to get another guy that can rush the passer off the edge, I think that's something that we're looking at really closely right now," he said.

"And just try to provide some depth at the defensive back position. Maybe just try to add another receiver that can stretch the field.

"For the most part, I would say that is basically it."

With last year's CFL sack co-leaders Ricky Foley expected to join an NFL roster and Stevie Baggs already signing with the Arizona Cardinals, there is less to get excited about with remaining defensive ends Jonathan Brown and Riall Johnson.

The pool of defensive backs is deeper, led by the likes of Will Poole, but so too must be the pockets of the team looking to bring him in.

Although the Eskimos already brought in a pair of Toronto Argonauts receivers through a trade last week, they could also go after Reggie McNeal and P.K. Sam, who will be Boatmen no more by Monday.

The Toronto Argonauts will likely also lose the services of returner Dominique Dorsey and running back Jamal Robertson.

Other key free agents to watch are Calgary Stampeders kicker Sandro DeAngelis, Hamilton Tiger-cats offensive lineman Cedric Gagne-Marcoux, Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Steven Jyles and running back Wes Cates.


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