From Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun
Steven Jyles believes he's ready to be a CFL starting quarterback.
He also believes the Winnipeg Blue Bombers give him the best opportunity to do just that, which is why the free agent quarterback has left the Saskatchewan Roughriders to join the Blue and Gold.
The Bombers haven't officially announced the deal because it hasn't yet been registered with the league, but Jyles spoke Friday about why he chose Winnipeg over Saskatchewan.
"You can always be a backup," said the 27-year-old Louisiana native, who has one career start in his four CFL seasons. "It's time for me to go out and establish myself. I'll have to the opportunity to compete for a starting job. That's all you can ask for as a quarterback trying to get established in the CFL."
Jyles was mulling offers from both the Bombers and Roughriders since free agency began late Monday night. Both deals were worth $100,000 a season with bonus money for playing time.
While it appears Jyles was doing his best Brett Favre impersonation in taking his sweet time to make a decision, he said there wasn't much need for debate.
Saskatchewan has an established starter in Darian Durant, while Winnipeg does not.
"My agent was just working out numbers as far as my contract and trying to get the best deal he could for me," he said. "But we both knew that Winnipeg was a spot for me to get the chance to compete."
Jyles becomes the sixth quarterback under contract to the Blue and Gold, joining Michael Bishop, Stefan LeFors, Casey Bramlet, Ricky Santos and Adam DiMichele, who re-signed with the Bombers on Friday.
Bishop's future with the Bombers is in doubt, and it's believed Jyles and LeFors will be the top two contenders for the No. 1 job.