Canadian Football League

Monday, September 11, 2006

Jesse Palmer lands in Canadian Football League

Jesse Palmer is looking to restart his career back home.
The Canadian quarterback signed a practice-roster contract with the Montreal Alouettes and practised with his new teammates Monday, about two weeks after getting cut by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
The Alouettes, who also signed receivers Ashlan Davis and Mark Simmons plus return specialist Javarus Dudley to practice-roster deals, now have 10 days to determine if and where Palmer fits into their roster.
The six-foot-two, 225-pound native of Nepean, Ont., spent the past five seasons in the NFL and became the first Canadian-trained quarterback to start a game there in 2003.
But he was probably better known for his appearance on the reality TV show "The Bachelor."
Palmer appeared in eight games with the New York Giants between 2001-04 and after they cut him in 2005, he joined San Francisco.
The 49ers re-signed Palmer in March but cut him loose during training camp.
It was then Palmer began musing about playing in the CFL, where the Alouettes held his rights after drafting him 15th overall in 2001.
"I'm definitely going to keep playing," Palmer said recently. "The question now is: Will it be north or south of the border?
"We need to make an educated decision. Do I do what I did last year and wait around (for injuries to other NFL quarterbacks), or is it time to take the dream up north?"
Als general manager Jim Popp said recently that Palmer would have to spend the 2006 season learning Montreal's offence and would have "little chance to play right away" given the presence of superstar passer Anthony Calvillo.


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