Renegades release Crowley

The Ottawa Renegades have pink slipped quarterback Dan Crowley in the wake of his inconsistent start to the 2003 season.

The Renegades (1-2) released their quarterback Thursday, two days after he was pulled midway through the team's 32-12 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

"This was a very, very difficult decision because of the tremendous respect we have for Dan as a person," Renegades general manager Eric Tillman said. "This is a situation we've been watching and reviewing since the early stages of camp.

"Unfortunately, we're not getting the production we hoped for."

Crowley has completed 43 of 86 passes for 480 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the team's three games.

Against the Stamps, Crowley was 8-of-17 passing for 51 yards. Rookie Kerry Joseph, who becomes the team's starter, replaced him at halftime.

The Renegades picked up second-year pivot Darnell Kennedy from the Stamps Friday in exchange for the rights to quarterback Jason Gesser.

with files from Canadian Press