Deal for Eric coming soon?

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Renegades owners continue to huddle with Eric Tillman in an attempt to bring back the team's former general manager.

Discussions between Tillman and majority owner Bernie Glieberman have been ongoing in recent days. And if the details are completed soon, the club will make an announcement perhaps as early as next week.

Tillman emerged as the consensus candidate among Glieberman and minority shareholder Bill Smith during a meeting with CFL commissioner Tom Wright at league headquarters in Toronto on Monday.

The owners -- Glieberman has a 51% stake in the club while Smith owns 49% -- agree Tillman's return would give the franchise an instant shot of credibility, both among the club's beleaguered fans and throughout the CFL.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The move would also give Tillman a chance to complete unfinished business after he was unceremoniously dumped by former CEO John Lisowski at the start of the 2004 season.

One key issue involves Forrest Gregg and a new role for the Pro Football Hall of Fame member within the organization.

A likely scenario would involve Gregg keeping his current title as vice-president of football operations and GM, and serving as an advisor to the owners. In essence, a big title with little real power.

A source told the Sun that Glieberman wants to handle this issue carefully and wants to ensure Gregg is treated with due respect during the transition.

In recent interviews, Gregg has repeatedly mentioned he would serve any role at Glieberman's request. A source said the owner has already made such a suggestion, and that Gregg has agreed to fulfill Glieberman's wishes.

Meanwhile, the owners are continuing an attempt to land Washington Nationals executive Bob Nicholson as the CEO.

The former president of the Toronto Argos and a long-time employee of the Toronto Blue Jays is viewed as a star candidate.

But two years ago, Nicholson turned down an offer to lead the Renegades' business operations and remains hesitant to move to Ottawa.

Glieberman and Smith met two candidates -- neither of them Nicholson -- during this week's meeting in Toronto after Lonie Glieberman, the owner's son, relinquished control of the team's business operations on March 2.

Most importantly, the owners understand the new administrator must allow the football side to operate without unwarranted interference. Until the new structure is in place, team consultant Phil Kershaw will run the club's daily operations.

Meanwhile, the football side is working on a site for training camp, which begins May 21, and preparing for the Canadian college draft combine in Toronto in two weeks.


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