Santos: Mack the Knife responsible for cut

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

Ricky Santos is still scratching his head over how quickly his days as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber ended.

The backup quarterback acquired from the Montreal Alouettes last season was released after the CFL club signed QB Alex Brink. Santos suggested that Bombers GM Joe Mack made the decision to cut him, not head coach Paul LaPolice.

Theres little doubt that Brinks arrival hurt me, Santos told the Milford (Mass.) Daily News. Mack and Brink have some ties that go back to Houston. Mack knew a lot about him and nothing about me. What blindsided me was that the new coach seemed interested in my ability. LaPolice told me my release was out of his hands.

At the time, LaPolice said the Bombers felt the other four QBs had a better upside than Santos, who is anxious to get a shot with another CFL squad.

The style of play in the CFL fits my ability, Santos said. Ive got to stay upbeat and stay in good shape.

DINWIDDIE BACK: The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed both former Bomber QB Ryan Dinwiddie and QB prospect Todd Reesing. Dinwiddie sat out last season after being cut by ex-Bomber head coach Mike Kelly in rookie camp. He will join a lot of familiar faces in Regina, including ex-Bomber GM Brendan Taman (now Roughies GM), former Winnipeg head mentor Doug Berry (now a Saskatchewan assistant), ex-Bomber assistant coach Bobby Dyce and a slew of players, including Dan Goodspeed, Barrin Simpson and Lavarus Giles.

HELL BE BACK: RB Jesse Lumsden (shoulder), who recently failed a physical with Edmonton, has not been cleared to play yet but is confident he will return to the CFL some time.

I know Ill be on the field at some point, Lumsden told the Canadian Press. I know Ill have to be a little patient, but Im going to be ready.

SMART CARD: The Eskimos are introducing a smart card this season where patrons can pay for what amounts to a gift card that can pay for concessions and souvenirs during games, including this years Grey Cup. The Eskies figure the cards will help speed up lines at the hot dog stands.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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