Pend­ing free-agent kicker Med­lock weigh­ing all his op­tions

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - JUDY OWEN

WIN­NIPEG Kicker Justin Med­lock says re­tire­ment is one op­tion he’ll con­sider now that the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers’ sea­son is over.

An­other sur­prise as the play­ers cleaned out their lock­ers Mon­day was quar­ter­back Matt Ni­chols re­veal­ing the in­jured ring finger on his throw­ing hand was ac­tu­ally bro­ken.

Med­lock, a pend­ing free agent, made all three of his field-goal at­tempts in Sun­day’s 39-32 loss to the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos in the CFL West Di­vi­sion semi­fi­nal.

“I want to take a sec­ond to kind of think about what I want to do, whether I want to play, whether I want to play some­where else, whether I want to play here,” Med­lock, 34, said.

Mov­ing on af­ter seven CFL sea­sons and time in the NFL is one op­tion for the Florida res­i­dent, who was a key free-agent sign­ing by Win­nipeg last year. “Been think­ing about do­ing some other things in life, maybe, so we’ll see,” Med­lock said. “But I’m also con­sid­er­ing com­ing back, too. I love play­ing here.” He added he wasn’t fully happy with his sea­son, which in­cluded three game-win­ning field goals. He also had one out­ing where he missed all three tries and an­other when he was 2-of-4 and went wide on a 39-yard po­ten­tial gamewin­ner against Toronto.

Go­ing into the sea­son, Med­lock was the most ac­cu­rate kicker in CFL his­tory. He fin­ished with a league-high 226 points, but his 80.0 field-goal per­cent­age (56-of-70) was last among eight qual­i­fy­ing kick­ers and his punt­ing av­er­age of 43.7 yards was tied for eighth with Cal­gary’s Rob Maver.

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