'Gades bidding for Jesse

CHRIS STEVENSON, DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

The bachelor is looking for a new partner after being cut by the NFL's New York Giants yesterday.

And it just might be the Renegades, who are proposing a deal to bring Ottawa native Jesse Palmer back home.

The Renegades have been in negotiations to obtain Palmer's CFL rights from the Montreal Alouettes, a league source told the Sun last night.

It's expected the Alouettes would try and extract a hefty price from the Renegades to get Palmer off Montreal's negotiation list, recognizing the marketing bonanza Palmer could represent in his home town, not to mention the clubs are East Division rivals.

Not that the Renegades don't have some bling to dangle. Ottawa has some young quarterback prospects who might be attractive to the Als as it's not too early for them to begin preparing for the day veteran Anthony Calvillo is ready to step down.

Renegades president Lonie Glieberman, never one to leave a potential marketing opportunity go uninvestigated, could not be reached for comment last night.

It remains to be seen if Palmer will wind up with another NFL team. If his NFL options are exhausted, the CFL could afford him the unique opportunity to play in his home town.

Palmer did not return a telephone call last night.

Compared to the usual NFL cuts at quarterback who come northward to play in the CFL, Palmer would have the advantage of having spent his formative years playing Canadian rules with the midget Myers Riders, which would certainly ease his transition to the CFL.

Current Renegades starter Kerry Joseph has shown flashes of brilliance, but, as witnessed Friday night in a 41-18 loss to the Alouettes in Montreal, still struggles with consistency.

Palmer is more well-known for his appearance on the television show The Bachelor than for anything he did on the field during four seasons as a backup with the Giants.

ATTENDED FLORIDA

Drafted by New York out of the University of Florida, the 6-foot-2, 225-lb. Palmer appeared in eight games with the Giants, three as a starter. He finished 63-of-120 passing for 562 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

His spot was claimed by 300-lb. Jared Lorenzen, who sat out last season after being signed as a free-agent rookie but beat out Palmer this season.

Palmer wasn't the only Canadian caught in the crossfire yesterday when NFL teams made their final roster cuts.

Vancouver receiver Jerome Pathon, a seven-year veteran, had his contract terminated by the Seattle Seahawks. The axe also fell on Toronto native Kerry Carter, a running back with Seattle, and Brett Romberg of Windsor, a centre with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Pathon, 29, spent the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He became expendable after the Seahawks signed Peter Warrick, who had been released last week by the Cincinnati Bengals.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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