Khari Jones

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 04:00PM


The Edmonton Eskimos announced today they have agreed to terms with free agent veteran quarterback Khari Jones. Jones attended the Eskimos’ training camp last season and was released before the regular season. He then signed with Hamilton on July 26, 2005 and dressed as a backup for eight games, throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns.

“Khari performed well during training camp and the pre-season last year and he understands our system," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia. "Khari still has the competitive fire and we expect he’ll push hard for a roster spot.�

The California–Davis product started his CFL career with B.C. (1997-1999), but blossomed into one of the league’s premier signal-callers following a trade to Winnipeg in February 2000. During five seasons with the Blue Bombers (2000-2004), Jones set 18 club records and was named a 2001 CFL All-Star and twice earned divisional and CFLPA All-Star honours. He was also the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2001. Khari was traded to Calgary on September 24, 2004 and appeared in four games for the Stampeders. Over his career, Jones has amassed more than 21,000 passing yards and has thrown 146 career touchdowns.

If Stephen Jyles performs well enough in training camp, in additon to Jason Johnson, I can see us unloading Khari before the season starts.

I think the Esks will keep him as an insurance policy. Winnipeg fans ran him out of town. He will be a very capable backup for the Esks.

I think Jason Johnson has the back up spot right now. It's his to lose and Khari is only in town to push the other 3 in camp and as insurance in the event that Johnson craps the bed in camp, which isn't very likely.

Finally, KJ has found his place in the CFL again. hope for his sake he does well in the pre season cus if he gets cut again, that will be it for his football career.

Nah, if KJ gets released, Montreal will pick him up...for some reason they seem to be stockpiling QBs...................