'Gades courting Bachelor

CHRIS STEVENSON --

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If Jesse Palmer is in play, the Renegades will be players.

"We're always interested in quarterbacks that are good," said Renegades president Lonie Glieberman as he watched practice yesterday at Frank Clair Stadium.

The Renegades have already had trade talks with the Montreal Alouettes, who own Palmer's CFL rights, the Sun reported yesterday.

Glieberman wouldn't offer more comment than that regarding the situation.

Palmer was cut by the NFL's New York Giants on Saturday and it remains to be seen if the Ottawa native will get another opportunity south of the border.

"Our goal is to find him another team and his goal is to get to another team and have a long and successful career in the NFL," Palmer's agent, Peter Schaffer, told New York reporters.

"Jesse's total focus is to be an NFL quarterback. That's all we're worried about right now."

Palmer entered the Giants camp as the backup to Eli Manning, but fell on the depth chart behind journeyman Tim Hasselbeck and battled 300-lb. Jared Lorenzen for the third-string job.

Palmer was done in by a couple of gaffes during pre-season games, including an interception inside the Cleveland Browns' 20, and a botched audible and a wayward pitch that resulted in a turnover against the New York Jets.

In four seasons as a backup with the Giants, Palmer gained more fame for his appearance on the television show The Bachelor than for his football exploits.

The 6-foot-2, 225-lb. Palmer appeared in just eight games with New York, three as a starter.

RIGHT TOOLS

Forrest Gregg, the Renegades vice-president of football operations, said he thinks Palmer has the tools to be a successful quarterback in the CFL.

Having his roots right here in Ottawa in the Canadian game would mean he could transition back to Canadian rules with little problem, said Gregg.

"From what I hear, this guy is a good football player," he said. "He's a quarterback who can play in this league. Given his background, he's played (Canadian rules) longer than the 11-man game. I don't think it will take him long at all to adjust back to the CFL."

Palmer is regarded as a pocket passer and not particularly mobile, which might lead some to think he might not be equipped for Canadian success.

"You structure your system to fit him if he's going to be your guy," said Gregg. "You structure your system so he can perform at his best.

"If he's a scrambler, you do the kind of things like we do with Kerry Joseph. If he's a pocket passer, you get an offensive line that can protect the pocket. You do things so you can pick up blitzes and make sure you know how to protect him.

"You use play action, bootlegs, reverses and all kinds of things to move the pocket."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com 


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