Canadian Football League

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Cats to sign veteran Canadian Football League QB

After four straight losses, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are going to take a look at another quarterback.
Two sources requesting anonymity told The Canadian Press on Monday night that the Ticats have reached an agreement with Khari Jones and will sign the veteran free agent Tuesday. The five-foot-11, 217-pound Jones hasn't played in a regular-season game since last season. He was at the Edmonton Eskimos' training camp but was among their final cuts last month.
Hamilton (0-4) is the CFL's lone remaining winless team. The Ticats were on the losing end of a 28-22 decision to the unbeaten B.C. Lions (4-0) on Saturday night.
The Ticats are in Edmonton on Saturday to face the Eskimos (4-1).
A big reason for the Ticats' struggles is a lack of consistency on offence, especially at the quarterback position. Veteran starter Danny McManus has completed just 70-of-139 passes (50.4 per cent) for 832 yards with just one touchdown pass against six interceptions.

McManus, 40, was 16-of-32 passing against the Lions with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
The arrival of Jones could spell the end of the line for youngster Marcus Brady in Hamilton. The Ticats decision to add Jones is a clear sign they doubt Brady's ability to become an everyday starter.
Jones, 34, split the 2004 season between Winnipeg and Calgary.
He appeared in 11 games with the Bombers, completing 168-of-300 passes for 2,138 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions before being dealt to the Stamps in September with fullback Randy Bowles and a 2006 draft pick for safety Wes Lysack, fullback Scott Regimbald and defensive lineman Joe Fleming.
In four games with Calgary, the eight-year CFL veteran was 39-of-67 passing for 573 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions before being released in the off-season.
Jones subsequently signed with Edmonton and was expected to battle Jason Maas for the starting job but was relegated to No. 3 on the depth chart when the Eskimos re-signed Ricky Ray after he was cut by the NFL's New York Jets.
Jones was the CFL's outstanding player in 2001 with Winnipeg after passing for 4,545 yards with 30 touchdowns. He was even better the next year, registering a career-high 5,334 yards through the air with 46 TD strikes but his production has dropped off progressively each year since


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