Danny Mac back in Green and Gold

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

Danny McManus's football career has suddenly changed.

After being a starting quarterback for the last 11 years, McManus is now a backup with the Edmonton Eskimos.

But the 16-year CFL veteran, who has eclipsed the 4,000-yards per season mark nine times, isn't pouting after yesterday's trade with Hamilton.

Instead, he's happy to report to the Green and Gold.

"It's not an ego thing for me," said McManus, who has one year left on his contract.

"I know Ricky Ray has had three great years and I don't think there is any reason to mess that up.

"And Jason Johnson is an up and coming quarterback.

"Wherever I can help out, that is what I am there for."

It's unclear where McManus will fall on the depth chart. The official answer won't come until training camp ends.

"Danny Mac's numbers speak for themselves. I think he's one of the best I have seen in the last few years run the three-minute drill," said head coach Danny Maciocia before pumping up Johnson, this year's third-stringer.

"Every time we have asked Jason Johnson to take the field in preseason games he leads our football team up and down the football field and scores points."

McManus was the undisputed starter during his first stint with Edmonton in 1996 and 1997, leading the Esks to one Grey Cup appearance.

But the relationship ended after the '97 season when Edmonton signed David Archer and McManus followed Ron Lancaster to Hamilton.

Over the next eight years, the personable pivot led the Tabbies to the playoffs five times and to two Grey Cup games.

Now, at the age of 40, his career is winding down.

"I had some great quarterbacks that helped me," said McManus, naming names "like Tom Burgess, Matt Dunigan, Danny Barrett, Kent Austin.

"So, if this is a chance for me to help (Ray and Johnson), I am willing to do that.

"I think that is maybe what attracted Edmonton to me because they understood I would do that and not be a person that says I need to play.

"I just want to fit in."

Ray is thankful McManus is coming to town.

"It's going to be nice to see somebody else's point of view," said Ray, who has always been teamed with Maas in the CFL.

"I'm going to learn a lot from him."


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