Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler has broken his silence for the first time since his release from the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals on Monday.
“Thankful the Arizona Cardinals gave me an opportunity the past 2 years. To my teammates and coaches it’s been an honour getting to go to work with you everyday,” Streveler tweeted. “To the strength staff, athletic trainers, equipment staff & nutritionists I appreciate you all! On to the next opportunity!”
The dual-threat passer spent two seasons with the Cardinals, completing 17-of-25 pass attempts for 141 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also rushed seven times for 21 yards. He made $628,094 in his first NFL season and was slated to collect $780,000 this year.
Streveler got a look under centre for Arizona two weeks ago, engineering a fourth quarter touchdown drive in a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The score came on a 12-play, 56-yard drive that was capped off on an eleven-yard carry by veteran running back James Connor.
The 26-year-old finished the game completing six-of-nine pass attempts for 36 yards and two carries for four yards. He was also sacked once and charged with a fumble following an awkward exchange with centre Rodney Hudson, though it was recovered by Arizona.
Former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Kyler Murray has missed the past three games with an ankle injury with journeyman Colt McCoy taking over as the starter. He was hurt late in the club’s loss to Carolina, which is why Streveler saw action against the Panthers, but it was not enough to save him from the chopping block once the Cardinals acquired former Baltimore Raven Trace McSorley.
Ever since his release, rumours have swirled that Streveler’s next opportunity would come back in CFL, potentially with his old team.
Streveler threw for 2,698 yards in two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
He was especially effective for Winnipeg during their 2019 Grey Cup run, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final in Calgary and throwing a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup.
A reunion ahead of the 2021 playoffs appears unlikely, but Streveler should have plenty of options to weigh come the offseason.