The New York Jets have signed former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler to a reserve/futures contract, ensuring that he will stay with the team for the 2023 season.
Streveler spent the majority of the season on the Jets practice squad, though he was elevated to the active roster on three separate occasions. The dual-threat pivot came off the bench late in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, completing 10-of-15 passes for 90 yards while adding a team-high nine carries for 54 yards on the ground in his only action of the season.
The Jets elevated Streveler again a week later, though he did not take any snaps under centre. The move officially vested the quarterback in the NFL pension plan, which provides $19,800 USD annually for life. Compensation is supposed to increase to $22,000 USD annually in 2025 based on expected upward trends in league revenue.
Streveler captured national attention this preseason, leading the Jets to three consecutive victories. He completed 24-of-33 passes for 277 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception while running the ball nine times for 71 yards in what head coach Robert Saleh dubbed “one of the greatest preseasons in the history of football,” but was still released as part of final roster cuts. He later rejoined the team on the practice roster.
The six-foot-one, 216-pound passer was a last-minute addition to training camp following an off-season stint with the Miami Dolphins. He acknowledged in an interview with the New York Post that he had little to no chance of making the team but was hoping to potentially garner an opportunity with another NFL team based on the quality of his play.
Streveler has since carved out a role in the Jets’ chaotic quarterback room and will look to see more playing time as the team makes a decision on the future of former second-overall NFL Draft pick Zach Wilson, who was replaced by backup Mike White late in the year.
Streveler saw action in seven games over two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2020-21) and completed 17-of-25 pass attempts for 141 yards, one touchdown, and one interception with seven carries for 21 yards. The dual-threat passer later had stints with the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins but did not see game action.
The CFL fan favourite rose to prominence in two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2018-19), completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,698 yards, 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
Streveler was especially effective during Winnipeg’s championship run in 2019, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final before throwing a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup.