Esks check out Chick
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Eric Tillman put John Chick on the CFL reserve list in 2006.
“It was one of the first things I did when I was hired by the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” said the Edmonton Eskimos general manager.
Saturday Chick was put on waivers by the Indianapolis Colts. If he clears, the player selected as the CFL’s most outstanding defensive player in 2009, will become a free agent.
Will Tillman be able to convince Chick, who played defensive end for the Colts last season, to return to the CFL and become an Edmonton Eskimo?
Tillman said Saturday he was in contact with agent Gil Scott and was given the idea that nothing would be likely to happen for a week or two as they’ll wait to see if he could get signed by another NFL team or picked up for an NFL practice roster.
“Gil’s smart. He knows John had a very solid pre-season, making several tackles, and he knows how many things are fluid in these next few days — even the first couple weeks down there,” said Tillman.
“If they decide to come back to the CFL, no doubt John will have multiple offers. Will we be one of them?
“Well, this run of injuries we’ve had has eaten up a lot of the cap space we created in the off-season, but John Chick is a heck of a player — the ultimate non-stop motor guy.”
Chick was offered a practice roster spot by Indianapolis later Saturday afternoon but had not decided to accept.