Paul LaPolice said a couple months ago that four quarterbacks at training camp would be best for splitting up the reps.
The head coach’s pivot department officially got crowded on CFL draft day when the Bombers acquired the rights to quarterback Alex Brink from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Brink, 24, has already agreed to terms on a contract with the Blue and Gold, and his signing should be announced soon.
“He is a tremendous talent,” LaPolice said, refusing to pinpoint where he sees Brink on the depth chart.
Brink, who starred at Washington State, joins Buck Pierce, Steven Jyles, Ricky Santos and Adam DiMichele in Winnipeg’s quarterback stable. LaPolice said all along he would bring in a fifth passer if it was worth it, and he thinks Brink is worth it.
“The head coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly, is a good friend of mine, and he knows the kid very well, speaks highly of him, says he’s a great character kid and is just excited to be part of the organization,” LaPolice said. “We’re comfortable with the (quarterbacks) we have now.”
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Brink is the third-leading passer in Pac-10 history behind Carson Palmer and Derek Anderson. He spent time on the practice roster of the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2008, and he attended New York Jets mini-camp over the weekend.
LaPolice said the Bombers addressed two crucial areas on Sunday by getting Brink and four draft picks.
“We wanted the quarterback position to be addressed right away, and we feel once again we did it with this draft but also got better at non-import talent,” he said. “To me, the game is about having great non-import talent and quarterbacks. We did both things today.”