By ALLEN LESSELS
New Hampshire Union Leader Sports
Thursday, May. 29, 2008
Ricky Santos is going north.
The former University of New Hampshire quarterback has signed a multi-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The contract, like any in the league or the National Football League, is not guaranteed and the job now is to make the roster.
Santos is in Montreal already, said his agent, Brad Blank, last night.
Training camp starts Sunday, the Alouettes' Web site said.
Blank had said the CFL was an option after Santos was not picked in the National Football League draft last month. But the Bellingham, Mass., resident wanted to take a shot at the NFL and agreed to a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs the night the draft ended.
After he went to a mini-camp with the Chiefs and was released, talks picked up with the Alouettes.
The team was recruiting him, Blank said.
"They said they always felt his style fits their league a lot better than it fits the NFL," Blank said. "They have the three downs and the wider field. There's more improvisation, more playing out of the shotgun and less under center. They say they have a lot of quarterbacks who look similar to Ricky."
"It's an opportunity for him to play and get seen at the next level," said UNH coach Sean McDonnell. "It's a chance to play against great competition. Obviously a lot of guys have taken that route and it gives him an opportunity to play."