Marian Central graduate Chris Streveler hoped spending time in the Canadian Football League might open doors for him with NFL teams.
Streveler now is getting that chance.
Streveler, who spent two years with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, is expected to sign a futures deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to The Sports Network in Canada. The Blue Bombers announced Monday that Streveler was released to pursue NFL opportunities.
A futures deal is similar to a regular contact, but it does not count against the salary cap or 53-man roster for the upcoming season. Players on futures deals go on a reserve/futures list and cannot be signed by other teams.
McHenry graduate Robert Tonyan was signed to a futures deal with Green Bay before the 2018 season and played the past two seasons with the Packers as a backup tight end and special teams player.
TSN’s Dave Naylor reported Streveler’s deal guarantees him $100,000.
The 25-year-old quarterback from Crystal Lake played a key role in Winnipeg’s Grey Cup championship run this past season, completing 156 of 234 passes (66%) for 1,564 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 726 yards and 12 scores.
In two seasons with the Blue Bombers, Streveler threw for 2,698 yards and 19 TDs with 1,167 yards rushing and 22 TDs.
“Thanks so much to the Bombers, the city of Winnipeg, and all the fans across Manitoba,” Streveler posted Monday on Twitter. “I’m really going to miss it up there, but I’ll be around! The memories and friendships made will last forever. Thanks for everything the last two years, it was an amazing ride!”
Streveler is a 2013 Marian graduate who was selected as Northwest Herald Football Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He started his college career at Minnesota and played three seasons, one of which he redshirted. He transferred to South Dakota and went on to throw for more than 4,100 yards as a senior. He finished second in voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Streveler worked out for NFL teams after graduating, including the Bears, but was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Streveler signed with Winnipeg on May 4, 2018.