Flutie sacked!

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

Don't expect to see Doug Flutie weaving his magic in the CFL anytime soon, despite being released yesterday by the NFL's San Diego Chargers. Stampeders GM of player personnel Jim Barker, in Tampa, Fla., scouting NFL Europe camps, said the former CFL MVP QB surely will be given another NFL shot.

"Of course, we'd be interested -- he can still play," said Barker. "But he won't just go to the first team that makes him an offer. He's going to wait.

"There may be nobody calling him now, but once NFL teams go to training camp and if they're not excited about their backups, Doug Flutie's a viable guy to still play in that league.

"To think he's going to be back in our league is premature."

Flutie, 42, often spoke of returning to the CFL, where he starred from 1990 to '97, but his agent Kristen Kuliga said she'd explore all NFL options first.

"I'll be looking at what opportunities might be out there, with a team that wants a quality backup quarterback," she said.

The Stampeders last month signed free-agent quarterback Henry Burris, who will assume the No. 1 job for the 2005 CFL season. The Red and White's lineup also includes young backup pivots Darnell Kennedy and Michael Souza. The team expects to bring a fourth QB into camp.

Stamps head coach/senior vice-president of football operations Tom Higgins also thinks Flutie can still perform but in NFL colours.

"He can still play but there's a lot of NFL teams that would really love to have his experience," Higgins said.

"He is not in a position where he wants to push anybody for a starting job, so there will be a lot of NFL people standing in line.

"Also, I think he's done everything in the CFL. It would be a little anticlimactic at this point in his career but never say never with him because he's a rarity."

Flutie spent four years with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders (1992-95), winning the Grey Cup in his first season.

Flutie also won Grey Cups in Toronto in 1996 and '97. He won six CFL most outstanding player awards, including four straight from 1991-94.

Flutie spent four seasons with the Chargers after signing with the team as a free agent in 2001. He became expendable after QB Drew Brees, who had an outstanding 2004 season, signed an $8-million contract as the team's "franchise" player. The Chargers also have Philip Rivers, the fourth overall pick in last year's draft and second-year man Cleo Lemon.

Flutie said in a statement the release was "the right thing for me. It opens up other doors of opportunity for me if I want."


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