Khari to join Ticats

Quarterback Khari Jones will sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Tuesday, as the struggling club...

Quarterback Khari Jones will sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Tuesday, as the struggling club looks for its first win of the season. (Edmonton Sun File Photo/David Bloom)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Khari Jones is about to come off the CFL unemployment line.

The former Winnipeg Blue Bombers pivot is expected to sign a contract today with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the CFL's only winless team at 0-4.

TSN first reported the news on its website yesterday, and Jones, when reached at his Calgary home last night, said it's all but a done deal.

"I'm looking forward to it, so hopefully everything is good and I'll get back out on the field," said the 34-year-old, who wouldn't comment further because the contract details had yet to be ironed out.

Winnipeg and Hamilton will meet twice in August. The Ticats visit Canad Inns Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 13, while the Bombers travel to Ivor Wynne Stadium on Aug. 26.

Hamilton's offence has been ineffective this season with 16-year veteran QB Danny McManus at the helm. The 40-year-old has thrown just one touchdown against six interceptions in four games. Backup Marcus Brady hasn't fared any better.

Jones' name first popped up in Steeltown three weeks ago when the Tabbies were entering their bye week with an 0-2 mark. At the time, Hamilton coach Greg Marshall said Jones would only be signed to play in a backup role.

"Do I think Khari can do a better job than Danny? No, I don't," Marshall told the Hamilton Spectator July 3.

Jones had been looking for work since mid-June, when the Edmonton Eskimos cut him at the conclusion of their training camp. He was no longer needed because No. 1 pivot Ricky Ray returned from the NFL just prior to camp. Coincidentally, Hamilton's next game is Saturday night in Edmonton.

Jones went through a similar situation in Calgary in February. His five-month stint ended when the Stamps signed free agent Henry Burris.

Just two months after signing him to a three-year, $1-million contract, the Bombers traded Jones, fullback Randy Bowles and a draft pick to the Stamps last September for defensive tackle Joe Fleming, fullback Scott Regimbald and safety Wes Lysack.

Before that, Jones spent five illustrious seasons in Blue and Gold. In 2001 he guided the Bombers to the Grey Cup and was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player.


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