Ticats await answer

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have made one-year offers to former CFLers Doug (pictured) and Darren...

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have made one-year offers to former CFLers Doug (pictured) and Darren Flutie. The brothers have said they would like to end their pro careers as CFL teammates. (Toronto Sun File Photo)

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Doug Flutie has an official invitation for a return to the CFL but will await other offers before getting serious about his RSVP.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats general manager Ron Lancaster confirmed yesterday that the team has made an offer to Flutie and his brother, Darren, for the coming season.

Since being released by the San Diego Chargers this past month, the quarterback has been noncommittal about his future as he evaluates interest from other NFL clubs.

"(Flutie) is looking into (the Ticats offer)," Kerri Kennedy, marketing manager for Flutie's agent, K Sports and Entertainment, said yesterday. "He's looking into broadcasting opportunities as well and other NFL opportunities."

The NFL picture will start to clear up after this weekend's college draft when teams get a handle on personnel. A Boston native, Flutie has made it known he would love to end his career as a backup with the New England Patriots.

At age, 42, the six-time CFL player of the year believes he can play and contribute in the NFL for at least another season. The Ticats believe he can be a star starter in the CFL.

"Do we have a shot? Yes," Tiger-Cats coach Greg Marshall said yesterday. "We're certainly very interested and serious about it, but we'll have to let (the NFL situation) run its course before any serious negotiations can take place."

Marshall said he isn't putting a deadline on a deal with the Fluties, even with training camps beginning in early May.

Darren Flutie retired from the CFL after the 2002 season and has been working on CFL telecasts on CBC.

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The brothers have said they would like to end their pro careers as CFL teammates.

Lancaster said the offer -- details haven't been released -- is substantial enough for the Fluties to ponder.

"I think (chances are) like 50-50, it's a coin flip," Lancaster said. "I'm sure he will exhaust everything down there (in the NFL) before he even thinks about coming up here."

While Marshall isn't making any assumptions, the CFL coach of the year said he was encouraged by a recent conversation he had with Doug Flutie in which the quarterback made it clear he would consider the offer.

"My belief and Doug's believe is he can still play," Marshall said.


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