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JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

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When the gates swing open and CFL general managers charge into the free-agent market Feb. 15 (10 p.m. MT), there should be several enticing options on the table.

These fair market-value figures are estimates from a CFL insider source.

1. Rob Murphy, B.C. Lions OL

Fair market value (entering free agency): $120,000

The Skinny: A West Division all-star last year, Murphy is the entire package on the offensive line: talented and nasty. There are suggestions Murphy wants to move east and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats could show interest.

Edmonton Eskimos angle: Should be a top priority. While there has been bad blood between Murphy and current Eskimos players in the past, Murphy's off-field personality should mean he can fit into the Edmonton locker-room.

2. Jason Jimenez, B.C. Lions OT

Fair market value: $120,000

The Skinny: Hard to believe Wally Buono will watch both offensive linemen walk away. Jimenez was a 2008 all-star.

Esks angle: Like every other GM, Danny Maciocia should be calling if Jimenez reaches the open market.

3. Maurice Lloyd, Saskatchewan LB

Fair market value: $150,000

The Skinny: One source says the middle linebacker will get $150,000 from some team. There have been rumblings for weeks that the B.C. Lions will be going after the league's top MLB. Sixth in the CFL in defensive tackles (74) last year, Lloyd also had five sacks and three forced fumbles.

Esks angle: Will new head coach Richie Hall be able to attract a former pupil? The club needs a new starting middle linebacker and can easily put an import like Lloyd in that spot if non-import Adam Braidwood returns to a starting position on the D-line. That would balance the ratio issue with MLB Agustin Barrenechea gone.

4. Anton McKenzie, Saskatchewan LB

Fair market value: $75,000

The Skinny: A CFL all-star in 2008, McKenzie had six fewer tackles than Lloyd but the same number of forced fumbles.

Esks angle: The departure of Kenny Onatolu means McKenzie could slide right into the weak-side linebacker role.

5. Gene Makowsky, Saskatchewan OL

Fair market value: $125,000

The Skinny: It would be shocking to see Makowsky leave the Riders after 14 years. A product of the University of Saskatchewan, Makowsky is involved in the Rider community.

Esks angle: While Makowsky was a CFL all-star in 2008, it seems there's no shot he's moving here.

6. Jesse Lumsden, Hamilton Tiger-Cats RB

Fair market value: $90,000

The Skinny: One source indicates Lumsden wants $160,000. It's hard to imagine he will have many takers at that price considering his injury issues (2008: torn labrum, right ankle, knee ligaments; 2007: shoulder, clavicle).

Esks angle: Talk of Lumsden coming to Edmonton has been happening for months. And there is no denying Edmonton needs a better run game. But a bonus-laden deal with little guaranteed money is the only way to go.

7. Anthony Calvillo, Montreal Alouettes QB

Fair market value: $350,000

The Skinny: Can only see two possible scenarios for Calvillo: returns to Montreal or retires.

8. Willie Pile, Toronto Argonauts LB

Fair market value: $90,000-$110,000

The Skinny: Toronto's leading tackler last year (72), Pile is ultra-talented.

Esks angle: After ending Ricky Ray's season in 2007, it would be interesting to see Pile surface here. The 28-year-old could be the club's answer at strong-side linebacker.

9. Joe McGrath, Edmonton Eskimos OL

Fair market value: $115,000

The Skinny: There is always going to be a market for a five-year non-import starting offensive lineman.

Esks angle: This will come down to money. Period. But from the outside it doesn't appear McGrath wants to leave the club as he is part of the off-season Eskimos hoops team.

10. Sean Lucas, Saskatchewan LB

Fair market value: $90,000

The Skinny: At 25, Lucas is an emerging strong-side linebacker.

Esks angle: At some point, Shannon Garrett's motor is going to run out. At 37, he wants to return for a 15th CFL season. But inking Lucas to a long-term deal with Garrett as a strong-side LB teacher would be wise.

11. Walter Spencer, Montreal Alouettes ST

Fair market value: $60,000

The Skinny: A pain in the butt to play against on special teams. He was in the face of the Eskimos in the East Final.

Esks angle: The club could use at least another veteran leader on special teams. It would be money well spent.

12. Mark Estelle, Montreal Alouettes CB

Fair market value: $125,000

The Skinny: A 2008 CFL East Division all-star, Estelle is clearly a lock-down player.

Esks angle: Edmonton has searched for two years for a lock-down corner (Omarr Morgan and Jordan Younger) and hasn't been successful.

13. Brandon Guillory, Edmonton Eskimos DE

Fair market value: $80,000

The Skinny: If he doesn't ink an NFL deal before Feb. 15, CFL offers will start arriving. While the Esks were critical of his run defence, there's no denying his quarterback pressure (nine sacks in 14 games).

Esks angle: Can't see him returning after being benched so many times last year.

14. Ike Charlton, Winnipeg LB

Fair market value: $85,000

The Skinny: Age is not on his side at 31.

Esks angle: There seems to be respect for Charlton. But there are better options at outside linebacker.

15. Michael Fletcher, Toronto Argos LB

Fair market value: $80,000

The Skinny: Didn't play a single game after injuring his foot last year around Labour Day.

Esks angle: The Argos aren't going to re-sign him, but would the Esks take a risk on a player from a 3-4 defensive scheme?


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