Recent Developments: Blue Bombers Say Goodbye to Dru Brown, Keep Tabs on Chris Streveler…

Recent Developments: Blue Bombers Say Goodbye to Dru Brown, Keep Tabs on Chris Streveler…

In the ongoing saga of the Canadian quarterback carousel, the spotlight is currently on Winnipeg. Dru Brown, set to play second fiddle for the next two seasons due to Zach Collaros’ dominance until the Winnipeg Grey Cup in 2025, received a parting gesture. The Bombers traded the 26-year-old impending free agent to Ottawa in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

Before Brown’s contract expiration next month, the Redblacks are expected to formalize this new relationship, giving Brown the opportunity to win their favor during training camp. Based on his solid performance with the Bombers last season, winning both starts and contributing to a comeback victory off the bench with nine touchdown passes and no interceptions, Brown might make his first start for Ottawa against his former team on June 13th.

Brown’s departure leaves the backup role in Winnipeg wide open, setting the stage for another round of Chris Streveler speculation. Streveler, hailed as a folk hero in Winnipeg, earned his status not only for his impressive on-field exploits in 2019 but also for his memorable Grey Cup celebration.

While Brown’s exit was anticipated, it provides another chance to decipher Streveler’s intentions. Streveler’s potential return to Canada after a four-year stint in the NFL aligns with his aspirations, and he aims to make a decision before CFL free agency.

Winnipeg emerges as the ideal football fit for Streveler, given the previous connection with offensive coordinator Buck Pierce during the 2019 season. However, financial considerations complicate matters, with the team already facing salary cap constraints.

Brown’s departure frees up around $100,000, but with other financial priorities, GM Kyle Walters faces challenges in balancing the budget. Streveler’s unique skill set might find fewer suitors than expected, but all it takes is one team to make an offer. The B.C. Lions, hosting the Grey Cup this year, could be a potential contender, especially with salary-cap room and the incentive to challenge Winnipeg’s dominance.

The article also mentions the Winnipeg Blue Bombers signing Eric Barriere, a highly decorated dual-threat quarterback from Eastern Washington University, and the addition of two import receivers, Kody Case and Tyler Adams, to the team.

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