Bombers QB questions answered

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

It looks like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have found their new starting quarterback or at the very least, another option at the all-important position.

Although the Blue Bombers arent commenting officially, the agent for Steven Jyles says the pivot is close to signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Things are going well, I hope we can reach an agreement soon, Ferrell Elliott said from Louisville, Ky. on Thursday afternoon.

Jyles gave strong consideration to remaining with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but with Darian Durant entrenched as the starter, a better chance to be the main man in Winnipeg was the determining factor.

His familiarity with the coaches, his familiarity with the system and their appreciation of him and the talent he is and the current roster at quarterback, said Elliott, when asked what made Winnipeg a better fit.

Jyles, a 27-year-old from Independence, La., played his college ball at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and split the first four seasons of his CFL career between the Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos.

Jyles has completed 92 of 152 passes for 1,085 yards and has five touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his CFL career. Hes also rushed 61 times for 303 yards and eight touchdowns.

Going into the off-season, the quarterback position was the biggest question mark and while were not expecting new head coach Paul LaPolice who knows Jyles from his time in Saskatchewan will hand him the starting job, Jyles has to be considered the front-runner to earn it at this stage.

He came into the league expecting by now that he would be a starter, said Elliott. Everyones had the idea that you didnt lose much if you had to go to Steven Jyles as your back-up.

Leaving Saskatchewan for Winnipeg wasnt an easy decision though.

After a long time of difficulty, (the Riders) developed a winning situation, said Elliott. In the CFL, especially for the import players, you want to get paid but you to win, to get a ring and to compete. Its a difficult situation to leave, but it hasnt been too long since Winnipeg was in the Grey Cup and hopefully the ship can be rectified and he can enjoy the same level of success.

I get the understand that Winnipeg, like Saskatchewan, has a very devoted fan base.

The Blue Bombers also inked offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly to a contract Thursday.

Again there was no announcement, but Donnelly confirmed in a text message that he had decided to remain with Winnipeg rather than sign elsewhere.

In an e-mail on Wednesday, Donnelly said he had one other offer for similar money but planned to do what was best for him and his family.


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