All signs continue to point towards Milt Stegall retiring later this month.
The Canadian Press, citing two anonymous sources, reported yesterday the Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback has told the team he won't be returning for a 15th season.
Stegall all but told the Winnipeg media the same thing on Nov. 8, the day his 14th season came to a conclusion without a Grey Cup ring.
"Football is football," Stegall said then. "I had a great time, and I enjoyed it regardless. Of course, you always want to win the Grey Cup. That's my only goal. But sometimes things don't work out the way you want them to and you've got to keep moving on, which is what I want to do."
Bombers head coach Mike Kelly met with Stegall in Mobile, Ala., last month at the Senior Bowl, and it's believed No. 85 informed the coach of his decision then. Kelly said earlier this week and again last night he will let the future Hall of Famer announce his decision.
"I will leave that up to him," Kelly said.
Stegall is scheduled to speak at a banquet in Winnipeg later this month, at which time it's expected he will make it official.
Stegall's closest off-season teammate, Terrence Edwards, insisted last night that Turtle Man hasn't told him what he's going to do, even though they work out three times a week in their hometown of Atlanta.
"I live five minutes from him, and I haven't heard anything yet," Edwards said. "I guess I'll find out when everybody else does."
Stegall, who turned 39 two weeks ago, missed training camp and six of the first seven regular-season games last season after knee surgery in May. He had 30 catches for 470 yards and three touchdowns, and he became the CFL's all-time receiving yards leader in September.
He is also the CFL's touchdown leader with 147 scores.