Backup plan the same

ADAM WAZNY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:19 PM ET

As the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback depth chart takes shape, Brendan Taman made himself perfectly clear:

Ryan Dinwiddie is not his club's quarterback of the future. Sure, he may very well take over the reins from Kevin Glenn at some point down the road but Taman isn't about to anoint the 27-year-old to the position.

The Bombers general manager doesn't believe in terms like that.

"If you were to ask me if the jury is still out on him, I would say yes," Taman said after the Bombers announced the re-signing of the No. 2 quarterback yesterday.

"He's done some good things for us and he's progressed quite nicely for us, but -- knock on wood that this doesn't happen again -- if Kevin goes down am I sitting comfortably here knowing that Ryan just going to continue to carry us on like Kevin can? No.

"That's why I'm going to get some competition in there. I'm not going to put my feet up and say we have our two guys."

As it is right now, Dinwiddie does stand alone as the clear-cut back-up quarterback for the CFL finalists. By signing a one-year (plus an option) deal, the former Boise State star will enter his second full season under the Bomber umbrella -- providing some continuity and stability in the QB pool.

"That's why it's a good signing for us," the GM said.

Dinwiddie, who is set to earn just under $85,000 this season, knows nothing is guaranteed in 2008.

'CAN NEVER RELAX'

"You can never relax," he said. "I don't care if you're the MVP of the league. You have to prove yourself day in and day out. I'm looking forward to proving myself again and competing against guys in camp for that spot. I'm working hard this off-season. Getting a chance to play has really made me hungry again. I know I have to keep working.

"It doesn't matter what happened last year -- how good you were or how bad you were -- you have to get better."

Taman provided an update on two other quarterbacks yesterday. He has yet to talk to Zac Taylor to see where his situation is at, as the former Nebraska star is deciding between continuing his career or taking a job as an assistant with his soon-to-be father-in-law Mike Sherman at Texas A&M.

Taman also confirmed the trade winds regarding Hamilton QB Timmy Chang have subsided, now that the All American Football League has been shelved.

That paves the way for the Bombers to open up talks with QB Bryan Randall's representatives, as the former Virginia Tech pivot was signed on to play in the upstart loop. Randall has long been on Taman's wish list.

"He's a guy we're going to track down and see if he would come in and compete for one of those spots in camp, for sure," Taman said. "The Chang (trade talk) has sort of diminished because of Randall's availability."


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