The Winnipeg Blue Bombers traded quarterback Steven Jyles to the Toronto Argonauts on Wednesday for the fourth overall draft pick in the upcoming Canadian Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2012 Draft. The 2012 fourth-round pick could upgrade to as high as a second round pick depending on how many games Jyles plays in for the Argos.
The move ends weeks of trade speculation involving Jyles.
"Every move we make is about winning Grey Cups and we feel Steven is a player who can help us do that," said Argonauts head coach Jim Barker in a statement. "Jyles is a competitor who adds five years of CFL experience as well as excellent mobility to our quarterback position. He threw 19 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions, and put up career-high numbers before he was injured last season. He underwent surgery to his throwing shoulder this off-season and our medical staff is extremely confident that he'll be 100% for training camp.
"We believe Jyles is very much worth the first round pick we gave up to bring him to Toronto and we're excited to see him compete for the starting position in June."
The 28-year-old import QB played in 14 games for the Blue Bombers last season, starting 10. He threw for 2,804 yards and 19 touchdowns against just seven interceptions and finished the year with a 100.9 quarterback rating.
Also a threat on the ground, Jyles amassed 452 yards rushing last season and ran for four touchdowns.
Jyles leaves Winnipeg after just one season. The five-year veteran has also spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.
"Toronto is a great football team and I'm really excited to be part of the Argonauts organization," said Jyles in a statement. "I have a lot of respect for my new teammates, as whenever we prepared to play the Argos last season we knew we were in for a great football game. I love to play football, and I prepare and play to win every week. I can't wait to get to Toronto and help my new teammates win games and compete for a championship."
Primarily a back-up through the first five years of his career, Jyles will have a chance to compete for the starting job in Toronto with incumbent QB Cleo Lemon.