Realty One

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


By: Drew Edwards

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones says the team will not be trading quarterback Zach Collaros before today’s 4 p.m. ET league deadline.

Collaros lost his starting job after the team began the season 0-8 and Jones took over, installing back up Jeremiah Masoli as the No. 1 pivot. The team has gone 4-2 since the change and there’s been speculation that Collaros, who has one year left on the big money contract he signed early last season, would be dealt.

While acknowledging that the final decision rests with vice-president of football operations Kent Austin and general manager Eric Tillman, Jones says the team has already decided to keep Collaros.

“We’ve had that discussion for a long time. Zach’s going to be here,” Jones said. “He’s a good player and he makes us better. You need to have as many quarterbacks as you can.”

The Ticats are currently 4-10 and remain in the hunt for an East Division playoff spot. But a loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night followed by a win by the Ottawa Redblacks later that evening would eliminate Hamilton from post-season contention.

The Ticats declined to make Austin available to the media on Tuesday but the former head coach spoke to a Winnipeg radio station before the team’s win over the Bombers last Friday and addressed the Collaros situation.

“There are certainly quarterbacks that don’t go through troughs in their career – Doug Flutie, Warren Moon – but a lot of quarterbacks do. I certainly did. It’s not that uncommon,” Austin said. “I have a great deal of respect for Zach, I think he’s a great player, he’ll continue to be a great player and will have a great career going forward.”

Austin didn’t want to speculate on Collaros’ future with the club but hinted he could return in 2018.

“Listen, we’re going to do what’s best for the football team for sure,” he said. “But it’s not out of the question that he’ll still be with us.”

Collaros’ contract makes him one of the league’s highest paid players, in excess of $525,000 per season. While the Ticats could ask him to renegotiate the last year of the deal, there have been multiple reports that he is unwilling to do that. Sources say he also has a sizeable roster bonus due next February which would force the Ticats to commit a chunk of the salary cap to the quarterback before training camp in 2018.

The Toronto Argonauts reportedly offered a package of players for Collaros earlier this season but were rebuffed by the Ticats. They are just one of several teams who have quarterback questions going into next season as several players including Ricky Ray, James Franklin, Brandon Bridge and Masoli are set to become free agents.

Hamilton has plenty of questions beyond the future of Collaros, including the fate of Jones, Austin and Tillman. But the interim head coach said he’d be happy to return next season with Collaros as his starter.


Anonymous said...

Headline should read "Zach Collaros Cant Be Traded"
Who in their right mind would trade for that enormous salary when they know in the off season Zach will be outright released and can have him nothing? And can offer him a reasonable cap friendly contract!

Anonymous said...

Cats can't pay BOTH Collaras and Masoli to be their starters, so one or both will be gone in 2018. Maybe that old Sk. Football God Mr. Kent Austin is joining the Franklin Expedition. If he forks out Collaras type money to James Franklin, you can bet that is who their next QB will be.

Anonymous said...

Hey Drew, If a deal comes a knocking, interm head coach June Jones not the man to talk with. That decision is with "The Sask. Football God Mr. Kent Austin". He'll do what's best for the Hamilton Tiger Cats organization moving forward taking all into consideration plus/minus.

Is Drew Edwards provider of fake news????

Anonymous said...

That's a mistake not to move him. He will sign elsewhere this offseason then the TiCats will get nothing in return.

Lewis Grant said...

Thank goodness! Collaros is not a guy I want. Highly overpaid. He's like Drew Willy in 2015. The Argos paid dearly for a handful of games from him. Let's not repeat their mistake.

Bridge and possibly Adams look like they could be our QBs of the future. (And Kevin Glenn is doing fine as our QB of the present.)