Canadian Football League

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Dinwiddie says he has no contractual obligation to play in Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Ryan Dinwiddie appears to have emerged as the front-runner in a three-way battle for Sherdrick Bonner's backup at quarterback.He had the best scrimmage last week for the Rattlers against the Los Angeles Avengers and performed well Tuesday against the Kansas City Brigade. Bonner played only sparingly in the two scrimmages so that the Rattlers could take a closer look at Dinwiddie, Nick Rolovich and former Tempe star Todd Mortensen at the position. Rolovich is the only quarterback other than Bonner with Arena football experience.

General Manager and coach Gene Nudo said the Rattlers quarterbacks combined to complete 24 of 34 passes for four touchdowns in the scrimmage with Kansas City. The Rattlers had two workouts with the Brigade in Kansas City on Monday before scrimmaging them on Tuesday. "The quarterbacks stepped up," said Nudo, who has to cut the roster down to 24 by Sunday night. The Rattlers open March 3 at US Airways Center against preseason favorite Georgia Force. He also complimented Mortensen, who went on a two-year church mission, before playing three years at Brigham Young and a year at the University of San Diego. Mortensen said it has been great reuniting with his favorite high school target, receiver Justin Taplin, in camp."We hooked up four times in one drive," Mortensen said. "It was a lot of fun."Dinwiddie, who played his last season at Boise State in 2003, played last summer in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The CFL season starts in June, when the Arena Football League season is winding down. Dinwiddie, who has never played in an Arena game, said he had signed only a one-year contract with an option year with the CFL team. He said he has no more contractual obligations with Winnipeg and doesn't plan on returning to the CFL this summer."I want to stay in the AFL," he said. "This is an excellent situation. I'm in a great organization."


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