Bombers pick Dinwiddie

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have chosen Ryan Dinwiddie for their quarterback help, and Ryan Dinwiddie has chosen the Bombers to help extend his football career.

GM Brendan Taman wouldn't confirm it last night, but Dinwiddie is scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg today and be on the field Sunday when the Bombers (5-4) return to practice after their bye week.

The Bombers felt they needed some new blood in the pivot department after backup Mike Quinn had a dismal outing in Winnipeg's 32-5 loss to the B.C. Lions last Thursday. In addition, third-stringer Brad Banks has struggled mightily in his brief appearances this season.

And with starter Kevin Glenn expected to miss another one to three weeks after undergoing knee surgery last Thursday, there was no time like the present to bring in a prospect.

The Bombers now have five quarterbacks under contract, including Russ Michna.

"We needed some newer blood, and this is where we start -- right now," Taman said last night from Flagstaff, Ariz., where he is on a recruiting trip of NFL training camps.

Dinwiddie, 25, fits two of the criteria the Bombers were looking for: knowledge of head coach Doug Berry's offensive system and the likelihood that his best playing days are ahead of him.

"He has the potential for a good career," Taman said.

Dinwiddie, who set several school records for the Boise State Broncos from 2001-03, spent two or three weeks with Berry late last season in Montreal, but he was cut early in training camp this year after the Alouettes brought in Quincy Carter.

Dinwiddie also spent time with the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe in 2005 after attending Chicago Bears training camp in 2004.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound California native was going to attend grad school at Boise State this fall, but he has apparently decided to delay those plans to continue his football career.

The other quarterbacks Taman was considering bringing in were former Alouettes backup Ted White and ex-Bomber star Khari Jones.

Taman said Jones likely would have gotten the call had Glenn been expected to miss more than a month of action.

Dinwiddie won't be the only newcomer at practice on Sunday. Former Toronto Argonauts receiver Robert Baker, whom the Bombers claimed off waivers earlier this week, should be on the field as well.

Coincidentally, the Bombers meet the Argos on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

Either Quinn or Banks is scheduled to get the start at quarterback for Winnipeg.


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