Joey Elliott’s stint as quarterback with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers ended last week when the Canadian Football League team released him.
Bombers head coach Tim Burke apparently decided to go in a new direction after Elliott tossed more than twice as many interceptions than touchdown passes last season. He passed for 2,190 yards and five touchdowns but was intercepted a dozen times.
“They said they were headed in a different direction, which I can understand from a business standpoint,” Elliott told the Blue Bomber Report last week. “I’m really excited and looking forward to my future and seeing what happens next.”
A former Harrison High standout who started his senior season at Purdue, Elliott was named the CFL offensive player of the week twice last season and had his best games as a professional when he passed for 403 yards against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, completing 33 of 43 passes.
In parts of three seasons, Elliott played in 33 games — starting nine — and completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,623 yards for seven touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
He signed with the team in July 2010 after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles after a free agent tryout.
Elliott said his agent is talking to other teams, including other CFL franchises, about a roster spot.
“It’s professional sports. No one likes to be released or to release anyone. I want to be a coach some day and I’m sure this will be the hard part,” said Elliott. “I’m glad they cut me before camp so I can try to find a job. I think I can be a starter in this league.”