That was quick. Couple of kicks in an NFL camp and a solid contract offer.
Jon Ryan, who set a CFL record for punting average (50.6 yards) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season, worked out for the Green Bay Packers Monday morning and left town with an offer that included a $10,000 US signing bonus, he confirmed from Phoenix, Ari., yesterday.
"They made me the offer right after my workout," said Ryan, 25. "It showed that I impressed them a little bit at least. To get offered a contract so quickly means they think I'm an NFL type of punter anyway."
Ryan, however, was in no rush to ink the pact, as he has another workout scheduled with the Cincinnati Bengals tomorrow.
Although both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are also reportedly interested, no other workouts have been scheduled, Ryan said.
"My agent, Gil Scott, has been talking to other teams, but nothing has been lined up," he said. "(Scott) told them (Packers) that he would talk to them again on Friday after my workout in Cincy."
Scott has not returned messages left Monday.
While some may deem Green Bay's offer relatively low, Ryan said there is at least a legitimate opening there next season.
"Green Bay told me the position next year was going to be wide open," said the 6-foot, 220-pound Regina native. "So, even if it's not a large signing bonus, at least I'd be competing for an open spot and not against an established veteran."
The Packers have apparently soured on punter B.J. Sander.
If, for some reason, Ryan should decide to pass on the NFL, he will become a CFL free agent in mid-February. He remains Bomber property until then.
The Bombers have left a lucrative offer on the table for Ryan. However, speculation has already started in Regina that the Bombers may be interested in punter/placekicker Paul McCallum, who is also about to become a free agent, should they lose Ryan.
NOTE: Bombers GM Brendan Taman will be scouting the Shrine Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, while both head coach Doug Berry and offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson will check out the Shrine Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Taman said.