Canadian Football League

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Maas Back With First Canadian Football League Team

Jason Maas is back home.
The Edmonton Eskimos announced Wednesday they've re-signed the veteran quarterback. Contract details were not released. Maas, 32, spent the first six seasons of his CFL career with Edmonton, helping the team win two Grey Cup titles. But he was traded to Hamilton following the Eskimos' 2005 CFL championship and was subsequently dealt to Montreal last season.
"Jason is a proven leader and winner whose intensity and passion for the game will be a real asset to the team," Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia said in a statement.
The Alouettes released Maas last week, allowing him to return to Alberta. Maas, his wife and daughter live full-time in Sherwood Park, Alta.
"I'm thrilled to be home again and play in front of my family and the greatest fans in the CFL," Maas said. "I have tremendous respect for coach Maciocia and that played a big part in my decision to return to the Eskimos."
Maas enjoyed his best season as a pro with Edmonton in 2004, passing for more than 5,000 yards after incumbent Ricky Ray left to sign with the NFL's New York Jets. But Maas was relegated to backup the following year when Ray returned.
He went on to play a major role in Edmonton's Grey Cup run in 2005, coming off the bench in the West Division semifinal and final to rally the club to victories.
Maas gives Edmonton a solid insurance policy at quarterback. Ray missed the end of last season due to injury, which effectively ended the Eskimos' playoff aspirations as the club missed the CFL post-season for the second straight year.
Ray remains the starter with Maas the backup. That leaves Stefan Lefors to and Steven Jyles to battle for the No. 3 spot.


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