Khari's on the radar

Could Khari Jones be throwing to Milt Stegall in Winnipeg again soon? (Winnipeg Sun/Marcel Cretain)

Could Khari Jones be throwing to Milt Stegall in Winnipeg again soon? (Winnipeg Sun/Marcel Cretain)

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Don't look now, but Khari Jones has appeared on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' radar screen.

After a lengthy discussion yesterday, Bomber GM Brendan Taman and head coach Doug Berry have added the former Bomber to their list of potential fill-ins for the second half of the CFL season.

In fact, Taman contacted Jones's agent, Gil Scott, to express his interest.

"You have to uncover every stone," Taman, scouting NFL camps in the U.S., said from California last night. "I didn't go down a very long path with him. It would be a little different if Kevin (Glenn) was more at risk."

Jones isn't the front-runner, but he's one of three on Winnipeg's short list, along with former Montreal backup Ted White and former NFL backup Ryan Dinwiddie.

No matter who the Bombers bring in, he won't be a saviour for the next game, a week from tomorrow, at home against Toronto.

"They're not going to start, in reality, against Toronto," Taman said. "It doesn't make sense -- a guy hasn't been in our system or to our camp. (But) we have to add to our depth, there's no question about that."

There are two factors playing against Jones: his age (35), and his veteran status, which means the Bombers would be committed to him, financially, for the rest of the season.

"If we get through the Toronto game and then get Kevin back, that's hopefully what I see happening," Taman said. "Am I going to sign Khari and marry him for the rest of the year to be our backup quarterback? Probably not. If Kevin was down for a month or six games, yeah, probably."

Taman and Berry would prefer to land a pivot who'll be around longer.

Dinwiddie, a 25-year-old former Boise State star, best fits the bill.

"We want to build a guy within our program that, when Kevin goes down next time, here's our young up-and-comer," Taman said. "We owe it to the program -- let's get something built here, not to grab-bag and Band-aid everything. It's time to look to the future."

Winnipeg's current backups include Mike Quinn, who's 32 and struggled mightily against B.C. last week, Russ Michna, who hasn't shown much, and Brad Banks, who's set to become a free agent next season.

The only problem with Dinwiddie is he's in grad school, and isn't sure he wants to give football another crack.

Another possibility is Gino Giudugli, who was at Tennessee's camp a year ago.

MIGHT HAVE BEEN MADDOX: The Bombers tried to lure former Pittsburgh Steelers starter Tommy Maddox north, and briefly thought they had a shot at the NFL's comeback player of the year in '02.

It was the day after Winnipeg lost to B.C. last week that Taman put a call in to Maddox's agent.

"He was thinking he might do it," Taman said. "But as it turned out ... he's waiting for an NFL chance."


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