Maciocia mum on new Eskimos

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

Edmonton Eskimos GM Danny Maciocia is playing his cards close to the vest.

At the team’s annual general meeting Tuesday, Maciocia said he had several new players under contract.

He’s reserving the right to keep their identities a secret right now, but chances are good one of them will be another defensive-line stud.

“I’d say he’s extremely interesting,” said Maciocia. “He’s somebody we’ve pursued for a long, long time. It would sort of make my day if we’d signed him.”

Maciocia’s first priority will be to get the number of players under contract down to a manageable level after an injury-riddled season, and his game plan appears to be saving money before spending more money.

“That’s what you’re going to be hearing for the next little while,” said Maciocia. “We’re going to have to let some people go.”

After trading away receiver Maurice Mann to Hamilton, Maciocia puts the odds of a return of receiver Kelly Campbell at 50/50.

After a sensational season here in 2008, Campbell tried his luck with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He was cut and his rights for the 2010 season reverted to the Eskimos on Feb. 15.

“We’ve spoken, but it’s all up in the air,” said Maciocia. “It’s far from being a slam dunk.”

Maciocia seemed satisfied with the receivers production after Mann was injured.

“There’s certain things he needs to take care of from his end and they’re not so much football related,” Maciocia said. “If he can do so and he’s at peace of mind coming to play here, we’d welcome him back.

“When I see the white of his eyes, I’ll know he’ll be playing here.”


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