Brendan Taman addressed almost every area of his team yesterday, announcing the signings of wide receiver Adrian Madise and cornerback Lawrence Richardson.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM also confirmed that he has agreed to terms with former NFL quarterback Mike Quinn.
"He's a veteran quality quarterback that (coach) Doug (Berry) has familiarity with from Montreal," Taman said. "Other than that, we'll bring him to camp and see how he does.
"He's pretty good. He's got a strong arm, and he's smart."
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Quinn, 31, played for Pittsburgh, Dallas, Miami, Houston and Denver between 1997 and 2004, but he appeared in just four games. He threw two passes for the Steelers in '97 and only one for the Cowboys in '98.
Berry is familiar with Quinn because he spent a brief period on the Alouettes' practice roster last season. Quinn has good size at 6-foot-4 and 216 pounds, and he joins Kevin Glenn, Russ Michna and Tee Martin as the Bomber quarterbacks heading into training camp.
One of the men that quartet will be throwing to is Madise, a 2003 fifth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos who played 11 games in the Mile High City that year but failed to latch on with Tampa Bay and Tennessee the past two seasons.
"Mr. (Taman) gave me an opportunity, man," Madise said yesterday from Cincinnati. "He shot me straight, and that's something you don't get a lot in this business. You don't get guys that shoot you straight.
"It sounded like a good opportunity for me."
Madise, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound graduate out of Texas Christian University, can also return kicks.
"With the departure of Keith Stokes, that really opened up some opportunities," he said.
While it may appear that Madise, who turns 26 tomorrow, and Albert Johnson III will be competing for the same spot, Taman said that isn't the case.
Madise doesn't know any Bombers personally, but he's looking forward to meeting Milt Stegall after hearing him on a sports radio program in Cincinnati.
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"He seems like a good guy," Madise said. "Not only that, but I think I should probably be like a sponge around that cat, learn a lot from him."
Richardson, meanwhile, was Gavin Walls' teammate at the University of Arkansas and spent last year in NFL Europe after signing with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent.
The 5-foot-9, 183-pound Texas native started 34 straight games for the Razorbacks, recording seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and two sacks.
The 24-year-old also returned 19 kickoffs for 430 yards and a touchdown.
HOT TICKET: The Bombers announced yesterday that 22,500 tickets have been sold for the 94th Grey Cup, which will be held Nov. 19 at Winnipeg's Canad Inns Stadium.
Capacity for the big game will be 45,000, and Bomber president and CEO Lyle Bauer said sales are "well ahead of our initial projections."