Former Fremantle midfielder Ryan Crowley is touted to be drafted by the Bombers as a potential top-up player for season 2016.
The former Dockers tagger was surprisingly delisted at the end of the 2015 season and wasn't given a reprieve by another AFL club.
Crowley, who signed with WAFL side Swan Districts after not being drafted by an AFL club, is said to be high on Essendon's hit list for the upcoming season, according to well respected WA football writer Kim Hagdorn.
The 2012 Best and Fairest winner at the Dockers was also suspended by ASADA for 12 months after taking an illegal substance contained in a medication.
"He spoke with Essendon recruiting staff yesterday and there are now negotiations between those recruiting staff and Ryan Crowley and his management," Hagdorn told Radio 6PR's Breakfast program.
"It was a really busy day for Ryan Crowley yesterday with Essendon formulating their list of about 40 or 50 candidate from which they will select their final 10.
"However this is going to go slightly above [Bombers coach] John Worsfold and the football department and this looks like it will ultimately be decided by the Essendon board because of Ryan's background.
"He will probably find out as early as today if they are going to continue with further negotiations."
Hagdorn went on to say that Crowley had reportedly been "training the house down" according to sources out at Swan Districts and is looking as good as ever.
"One of the appeals of Ryan Crowley is he has trained his backside off right through his ban from Fremantle and since he headed to Swan Districts in the WAFL," he said.
"All reports are he's been training brilliantly and is the fittest man out at Swan Districts and had been brilliant with coaching contribution as well.
"So Swan Districts are already talking if they lose Ryan Crowley they will want to renegotiate a deal so when he finishes at Essendon - and they think he could even stay for a year or two, not just this fill in year - then come back to Swans as an assistant coach to Greg Harding."
Hagdorn also added that retired defender Paul Duffield and recently delisted small forward Max Duffy have also been spoken too.