CLEMSON — Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is on his way to the Canadian Football League to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Boyd and the Blue Bombers agreed to terms Monday night, and the 2012 ACC Player of the Year flew out of Greenville International Airport on Tuesday morning bound for Canada.
Boyd plans to begin practicing Wednesday. His marketing agent, Andy Sink of Sink ‘em Sports, said it could be a week or two before Boyd appears in a game.
“As soon as he can pick up the offense, he’s going to get an opportunity,” Sink said. “There’s no guarantees when he’ll get put in.”
Boyd, the Tigers’ all-time leader in passing completions, yardage and touchdowns, was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He failed to make final cuts with the Jets in 2014 and the Steelers in 2015, with a brief stint with the Fall Experimental Football League’s Boston Brawlers in between.
The Blue Bombers announced Tuesday that Boyd’s rights were traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a conditional 2017 draft pick. Winnipeg already had five quarterbacks on the roster, including former Louisville passer Brian Brohm, a 2008 NFL Draft second-round pick.
Boyd signed a one-year contract with a team option on the second year, which would be the entire 2016 season. The Blue Bombers are 4-7, on a five-game losing streak, and have seven games left this season.
The CFL plays most of its games on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sink said the Blue Bombers’ offense and the CFL each suit Boyd’s playing style.
“Sounds like it’s a really comparable offense to Clemson, where they run a lot of spread, from what Tajh was telling me,” Sink said. “He wants to learn their offense, and do whatever he can do to help the team this year, and then come back next year. He’d love to take over that team sooner rather than later.”
According to Sink, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney gave Boyd a pep talk.
“Coach Swinney told him to go up there and put up Warren Moon-like numbers, and force the NFL to give him another look,” Sink said.