The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are reportedly interested in grabbing another CFL-experienced quarterback.
The Province reported Sunday the Bombers have offered a contract to free agent pivot Jarious Jackson, who spent the last six seasons with the B.C. Lions.
According to the report, the other teams believed to be in the running are the Lions and Toronto Argonauts, and possibly another team that made contact with Jackson’s agent on the weekend.
Winnipeg’s pursuit of Jackson puts the future of quarterback Steven Jyles in doubt. A CFL source said it appears Jyles’ future in Winnipeg is contingent upon whether or not Jackson signs with the Blue and Gold.
The Bombers are expected to go into the season with Buck Pierce as their starter. He is coming off a dislocated elbow, while Jyles suffered a serious shoulder injury in October.
Many in CFL circles said last year that Jyles’ days in Winnipeg were numbered the minute he was benched in favour of Alex Brink for an early October game against the Lions.
Jackson, 33, has battled injuries throughout his career and last season was coming off shoulder surgery. He has thrown 50 touchdowns against 33 interceptions in spot starting duty with the Lions over the last half dozen years.