Eskimos GM Brock Sunderland has made ‘extremely strong’ offers to Mike Reilly

Edmonton Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland has made a push to sign quarterback Mike Reilly.

“Right now we’ve had really good discussions, there’s been several offers made, but as I’ve said before, I can’t speak for Mike. I think he’s going to evaluate everything and when he makes that decision we’ll know just like everybody else. But nothing concrete,” Sunderland told TSN’s Dave Naylor.

“What I do know is this: we can only control what we can control. So without a doubt, he knows how we feel about him and I know the offers we’ve made him are extremely strong. There’s good dialogue, but that’s where it is right now.”

The soon to be 34-year-old is the highest profile CFL free agent and a trigger man many teams throughout the league would really love to have as their face of the franchise. It’s going to cost any team that signs Reilly who was the highest paid player during the 2018 season, earning over $500,000.

Reilly has been well worth his salary throwing for over 5,000 yards in three straight seasons with the Eskimos, including a career-high 5,830 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2017,  earning the CFL most outstanding player award.

Sunderland is unsure whether or not Reilly will sign prior to a new collective bargaining agreement.

“We haven’t gotten to that far as to when he would. We’re hopeful, obviously, that if he is with us that it’d be before that but again those are things that he would answer best for himself,” Sunderland said.

Sunderland is planning for both options: signing or losing Reilly.

“That’s the rub. Mike is extremely professional, he understands the implications on all aspects, whether he’s with us or not with us. The truth is it’s going to be a lot of money, so that affects your cap drastically. So right now I’m building a cap with him and a cap without him,” Sunderland said.

“We’re sitting there holding a ton of money and losing other players that we could shift that to, it’s challenging, but Mike’s the priority. He knows that and we’re doing everything possible we can to get him back. When it comes down to it, it’s his decision and I respect that.”




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