Ted Laurent exploring NFL, but Eskimos in mix

Free agent Ted Laurent, while exploring his options in the NFL, is likely to be at the top of...

Free agent Ted Laurent, while exploring his options in the NFL, is likely to be at the top of several teams' list. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency/Files)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

EDMONTON - Free agents come and free agents go in the CFL, but the Edmonton Eskimos are hoping a key one is back for the 2014 season.

While they have gone after some individual players they like in free agency this week, their entire ratio of imports and non-imports, as it stands, is dependant on the return Canadian of defensive tackle Ted Laurent.

The six-foot-one, 305-pound product of Ole Miss was born in Montreal before moving to Georgia at age 12, making him a Canadian-born, U.S.-trained nose tackle who made an immediate impact on the Eskimos defensive line after being taken in the CFL’s 2011 supplemental draft.

The 2012 West Division all-star is currently exploring NFL opportunities, a path that had been available to him even before first joining the Eskimos.

Should he remain in the CFL, Laurent’s services are expected to come with a price tag in the $150,000 range, and likely coming from Edmonton, Ottawa or Montreal.


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