The effects of Brett Favre signing with the Minnesota Vikings are even being felt in the Canadian Football League.
The struggling Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the team’s negotiation list, giving Winnipeg exclusive rights to the player should he be released by the NFL club.
Before Favre’s signing, Jackson was competing for Minnesota’s No. 1 job with Sage Rosenfels, who put in an impressive performance in the team’s pre-season opener last week against the Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings won the game 13-3.
Jackson has spent the past three seasons with the Vikings, playing a total of 25 career games in the NFL. Last year, the former Alabama State QB threw for 1,056 yards and nine touchdowns with two interceptions in nine games.
The 2-5 Bombers have dropped three of their past four games and have the lowest offensive output of any team in the league with 125 points. The team opened the season with Stefan LeFors as its starting quarterback. LeFors was asked to take a pay cut this week.
With recent acquisition Michael Bishop in place as pivot, the team visits the B.C. Lions on Friday night.
Most of the players on CFL teams’ negotiation lists are future prospects from U.S. colleges, Arena League, NFL Europe and NFL teams in the U.S. The majority of the players that make the neg lists are either imports or unsigned, undrafted non-imports.