The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released quarterback Chris Streveler to allow him to pursue NFL opportunities.
The backup quarterback was an instrumental part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Grey Cup win.
Streveler has reportedly had workouts with NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals.
The move comes a few days after the Bombers released starting QB Matt Nichols and decided to stick with Zach Collaros, who became a Bomber late in the season to replace the injured Nichols.
Over the next four games, Collaros and Streveler led the team to a Grey Cup victory.
Streveler’s short stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was highlighted by numerous wins. After signing with the team in 2018, he ended up as starting quarterback when Nichols was sidelined for several weeks due to an injury in practice.
Streveler became the first quarterback to start a CFL game fresh out of college since 1994.
While the first game he played was a loss, he gained the respect and admiration of fans when in his second game against the Montreal Alouettes saw a 56-10 victory.
In the 2019 season, Streveler was backup QB to Nichols, and the combination of Nichols and Streveler was often described as a one-two punch by the voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Bob Irving.
When Nichols suffered a season-ending injury in 2019, Streveler was the starter until Collaros was brought in, with decent success.
In the Grey Cup, Streveler rushed for 30 yards, threw a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris and caught a pass from Darvin Adams to help the Bombers win their first Grey Cup in 29 years.
But Streveler really cemented his Bombers legacy after the victory by participating in the Grey Cup parade while wearing a fur coat, white Stetson hat and gold chains and smoking a stogie and chucking beers into the crowd.
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