EDMONTON -- Edmonton Eskimos General Manager Ed Hervey got straight to the point.
“Releasing Steven Jyles is obviously step one in moving in the direction in trying to solidify who we want as the quarterback to the Edmonton Eskimos,” he said.
“We all knew this day was coming, so it was just a matter of time before we sent the news out,” he added.
So what’s the next step?
It’s clear that the Jyles experiment didn’t work out. Since being acquired just over a year ago as the main return piece in the Ricky Ray trade, Jyles did little to provide the Esks with any stability under centre, throwing for 1,756 yards along with six touchdowns and six interceptions.
Do the Eskimos try and go with what they have in Matt Nichols and veteran Kerry Joseph? Or do they try their hand at the free agent market where potential free agent QBs Adrian McPherson and Mike Reilly may eventually land up.
Hervey wouldn’t exactly let the cat out of the bag, but he did provide some sort of indication as to which direction he would be steering his cart towards.
“We have an opportunity to find a new quarterback and we wanted to establish room on the roster for that individual,” he said.