New York Jets have waived former Grey Cup winning CFL QB Chris Streveler. Lots of CFL teams ready to make their play on Streveler although they’ll have to wait a tad longer, Streveler busted up his thumb on a helmet this week and is unable to practice. He’s also awaiting an NFL injury settlement as part of the waiving process.
Obviously, in terms of need CFL teams requiring Streveler are:
Edmonton Elks (could be a good 1-2 punch with Streveler & Tre Ford)
Regina (although Fine doing just fine)
Winnipeg could go after Streveler and afford him to the cap - so long as they make their play after Week 12 (last third of season). Easy pick-up - bring Streveler to Winnipeg, cut Prokop outright. Small differential of cash required to pay Streveler requisite more money!
Streveler would give our (Bomber) ageing offensive line new life with his ability to stretch the field. Defenses wouldn’t be as cavalier in shooting the gaps to get to the QB. Collaros has been under siege all season. . . . . . he needs a bit of help. Only question mark on Streveler is arm strength. If he can’t toss the ball at least 55 yards with a modicum of accuracy it defeats the purpose of acquiring him. Guys like Lawler, Schoen and Agudiosi, even Demski need a guy who can hoist the ball downfield w/ decent accuracy. Streveler’s lack of accuracy led to his ultimate NFL demise.
At 28, once he gets a clean bill of health on his ailing thumb - I truly believe Chris Streveler could have a nice 6 to 8 year career in the CFL. . . . . . a couple years as Collaros’s collaborative back-up, then a clean 5+ years as a legit #1
Other good thing about signing Streveler for the last third of season (or more) is he makes the Bombers a more dangerous team than they already are. They’d be back to clear #1 Grey Cup favorites . . . . . and certainly prohibitive faves to slide by either BC or Regina in the west.
He’s still better than many QB’s in this league. He would instantly become the best running QB in the league, making Crum look like a plodding fullback. We all know how he bowls over defenders when he runs but overlooked is the fact he would also be the fastest QB in the league, having run a 4.2 forty in college. As others have commented, he may also have improved his average passing game from all the observing and coaching he received in the NFL the last few years. We also all know that he has as much heart and drive to win as any player in the league, limping through the playoffs with a mangled leg but not shying away from contact if he thought it would help his team. No team in the league has too many of those types of players.
Given the quality of QB play in general in this league at present I think any team would want him and that he would at worst be #2 on the QB depth chart for any team. We would happily take him back in Winnipeg. I doubt he will be back in the CFL this year however. If things don’t work out in the NFL hopefully he will be back next year.
There’s 3-4 places in this league where he can play for sure. If I’m Chris Jones or anyone else in the Elks front office I’m definitely looking his way. I’m just saying he’s not Moon, Flutie or Garcia and just because the guy won a Grey Cup in Winnipeg doesn’t make him legendary. He was a serviceable quarterback there, that’s it.