Khari Jones wants to make a comeback of sorts.
After leading a somewhat nomadic CFL existence since being traded by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers towards the end of the 2004 season, the veteran quarterback contemplated retirement. But he has decided to give it another go.
"I hope my football career continues, and I hope it continues strong," Jones said from Calgary yesterday. "This off-season, I was debating a few things, and I thought about retirement. But I've been working out four or five hours a day, and my body feels as good as new.
"And I have something to prove now."
Jones, who turns 35 in May, had been plagued by a mysterious shoulder ailment since early in 2004. The Bombers dealt him to Calgary late that season, and he wound up in Edmonton's training camp last year. From there, he went to Hamilton, then back to his new Calgary home to contemplate his future.
"My shoulder feels great now, and I'm ready to rock 'n' roll," said the former CFL most outstanding player. "It's been a tough couple of years with all the moving and travelling and the injury. But I'm in a good place now.
"Before, I felt like I didn't have anything to prove. And now, I do. Now, I'm coming out with a vengeance."
Jones just needs a place to play now. His agent, Gil Scott, has already contacted Saskatchewan, and Jones did not rule out a return to Winnipeg, where he enjoyed his most successful seasons.
"I won't rule anything out," Jones said. "I felt comfortable there and with the guys I played with. I will be in contact with them."
Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman could not be reached for comment.
"If a team wants me, I'll talk to them and let them know that my passion is still there and I'm ready to play," Jones said. "The main thing for me right now is to get into great shape both mentally and physically."