The Cardinals have signed a quarterback, and what he’s done in the Canadian Football League may give an indication of what Kliff Kingsbury could use him for in the NFL.
Chris Streveler, who just won a Grey Cup championship with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, inked a futures deal the team Tuesday. With the Bombers, he became an integral part of that run in a role similar to what swiss-army-knife quarterback Taysom Hill did with the New Orleans Saints, and his performances even generated Hill comparisons in the Canadian media.
In the Grey Cup game, Streveler completed all three of his passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, ran nine times for 30 yards and made a 13-yard reception. In a semifinal upset at Calgary, Streveler was his team’s leading rusher with 82 yards on 13 carries and had a 24-yard touchdown run.
Behind starter Kyler Murray at quarterback, the Cardinals still must decide whether to bring back free-agent backup Brett Hundley. Drew Anderson is also on the roster.
Streveler, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, just turned 25.
After playing in college first for three years at the University of Minnesota before two years at the University of South Dakota, Streveler went undrafted in the NFL. He signed with Winnipeg and started at quarterback as a rookie in 2018.
He was the backup to enter 2019, but injuries eventually put him back in the starting lineup to mixed results. Eventually, his role morphed into one like Hill, sharing time with quarterback Zach Collaros, and the Blue Bombers went on a run that ended with the championship.
Over his two CFL seasons, he completed 242-of-374 passes for 2,698 yards, 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Streveler gained 1,167 yards on 204 carries and 22 touchdowns running the ball.
After the season, he worked out for the Cardinals and reports had him doing the same for the Buccaneers and Dolphins.