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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

RIDERS BRING BACK COLLAROS


Quarterback Zach Collaros is staying with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Roughriders announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed Collaros to a one-year contract.

It was believed that the Riders were in on other big-name, big-money QBs like Bo Levi Mitchell (who eventually re-signed with Calgary), but ended up confirming the Collaros signing in the late-afternoon.

Collaros will return to the Riders for a second season after originally being acquired by the team in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Jan. 2018. Last year, the 30-year-old threw for 2,999 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 10 wins in 14 starts.

Collaros is entering his eighth CFL season. He spent his first two years with the Toronto Argonauts, before signing with Hamilton in 2014 as a free agent. He won a Grey Cup in 2012 as a backup quarterback with Toronto.

However Collaros missed five games in 2018 with concussion issues - including the Western Semifinal - and his concussion history has to be a major concern for the Green & White.

Are the Riders done at that position in free agency?

It's highly unlikely. For starters, Brandon Bridge is still available and there hasn't been a whisper about which team he's leaning towards. On the other hand, 3DownNation's Justin Dunk reports Wednesday morning that FA QB Jonathan Jennings has chosen Ottawa over Toronto.

What happened to Saskatchewan for Jennings?

Perhaps GM Jeremy O'Day didn't want to overpay for such an unproven commodity.

Also still on the market are Kevin Glenn and Travis Lulay.

Meanwhile Rider franchise legend Rob Bagg took to Twitter Wednesday morning saying he's still waiting for an opportunity. Clearly he's not ready to hang it up, but it also doesn't appear like the Riders will be ringing Bagg's phone.

Wednesday is shaping up to be just as wild as Tuesday was!

RP
@rodpedersen
(With files from the Canadian Press)


36 comments:

Football Fan said...

I think what you mean to say is that his contract should be performance based, not that it should be any less than $430k. Iow, if Collaros stays healthy and plays all 18 games then he’d certainly be worth every penny of $430k. In fact I would expect that his salary would be more than that if he plays all 18. BUT, his health is a major issue, and to protect against possible injury we need to bring in another guy, like Ray or Lulay preferably. And both of their contracts would have to be structured so that if they’re playing they’d get full money and if their backing up or injured they’d maybe 35% - 40% of their full salary.

Ed Driver said...

Part II of The China Syndrome .

Rod Pedersen said...

Um, no. I said what I meant to say.

Anonymous said...

How ironic. In their slow dim witted way of thinking, the Saskatchewan Roughriders brass lobbied behind scenes for a league wide salary cap because of Mr Jones team spending. What happened? It backfired!

Laughs all around the CFL house.

Football Fan said...

Well then what you said doesn't make any sense, and there's certainly no way he'd sign for a lot less, because every other QB in the league at his level is making that much or more. Someone else would have signed him for that kind of money if we didn't. I don't know why some people seem to think that QBs somehow magically become worth way below market value just because they're in Saskatchewan. The issue with him is his health, so some significant accommodation needs to be made for that, but if healthy he's a $450k or $500k QB at least, and if he stayed healthy for a year and put up big numbers like he was doing in his prime then next year he'd be worth well over $600k. That's where the market is at.

Rod Pedersen said...

His market value isn’t $430,000/yr due to his concussions.

Curt Dittmer said...

How do you sell this Rider line-up? No legitimate QB, suspect O Line, no receivers plus the losses on defense. When are they announcing Kevin Glenn's return. As my son said to me today, "the Riders got caught with their pants down."

Anonymous said...

How is Jonathan Jennings a legit option? He was the only starting QB in West worse than Collaros!

Anonymous said...

Some of these comments are from uninformed fans who think they know all.

We were never getting Reilly or Mitchell no matter what unless you three stupid money at them.

As for Harris we may have had an outside chance at him which was minimal and he went somewhere where he had a connection to the GM in Edmonton.

That's 3 QBs gone.

So ask yourself who is left and what options did we have?

It's nothing against the Riders, the fans or the coaching staff why those three never signed here. It was never happening from the beginning.

So your options are Collaros, Jennings if you overpay him or any other QBs through trade.

Thankfully the best gift Jones left us was Paul Jones who came from Edmonton who is tasked with finding us some good players from various camps.

Right now no time to develop a QB to start this year but maybe find one to groom.

I dont mean to sound offensive but just my opinion.

Mike D

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Anonymous said...

Nick Marshall should make the move from DB to QB. He was awesome in college

Anonymous said...

Well I beg to differ I say if they can find a q.b. To groom, the right guy, waste the whole season letting him learn, if any year was the year to do it, this is the year. Get pipkin and hand him the reigns and let ask back up. Tmo

Football Fan said...

@Rod
I don’t think that’s the way to deal with injuries. Maybe if this was the end of the FA period and no one else had made an offer for him you could get away with low balling him like that, but I don’t think that’s the way to do it on the first day, and I don’t think it would work on the first day. I think the approach would be more like, “we believe in you and we think that if you can stay healthy we can win a championship with you. We had great success with you last year when you were healthy and playing, so we want to re-sign you. However, you had two concussions last year, and you’ve had concussions before, so we can’t bet the farm that you won't get injured this season. So we need to bring in someone else as well as insurance. Like last year there will be a competition between the two of you to see who the starter will be. The one who loses, or if someone gets injured, will have to take a substantially reduced salary, however, because we can’t afford to pay two guys a starter’s salary at the same time.” This if fair and I’m sure any competitive guy in his position would accept it. As long as you stay healthy and play well you’ll get paid what you’re worth, but if you get injured or beaten out for the starter’s job you have to take backup money. That’s proper respect but it also recognises the risk factor that he now comes with. Totally fair. And as for the second QB I’d like it to be a potential top tier guy who is in a similar situation, the two guys I can think of who are roughly in this category are Ray and Lulay.

Anonymous said...

Someone with deep pockets please buy the Saskatchewan Roughriders and restructure the whole organization from A to Z. This hick community country club bs has got to go. Private ownership needed asap!

Dom

Anonymous said...

You cant really be serious can you!

Because if you are then you're on glue.

Anonymous said...

Do you honestly think thebfanbase will allow for this team to groom a guy all year to be the future?

Not to mention it would take a couple of seasons at the very best if you found a guy. There is absolutely no way this fanbase would afford this team the luxury of patience to develop.

I would go as far to say that at times our fanbase actually drives away players!

Tim said...

As I've said before, I don't think Collaros was worth $430k last year, and definitely don't think he's worth it this year because of his concussion issues. Maybe if he can play a full slate and get his bonuses, but not as a base contract. I think that would be very risky.

Anonymous said...

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

So Collaros is are starter right now. Did have a couple of injuries last year, one at a very unfortunate time.

That said,
10-4 was his record, so which of those high priced other guys had a record that good, BLM...that it.

We need stronger receivers and more depth on the o line.

But ya, last I checked, no one won a Grey Cup in February...

Smitter

Old Rider Fan said...

A crazy merry-go-round. The new U.S. football league got it right. Players are contracted by the league not each team. Will be interesting to watch how that plays out.

Larry said...

I'd like us to add Lulay for one season.
Next year go after Franklin or Streveler.

CM said...

Im a fan but don't live in Sask. Amazed how easy the local media and fans are on the new mgt team. They lose Jefferson? C'mon man and sign a running back? Jones left a 12-6 team and the way things shape up looks like they are set to slide back. BC really made good moves, Hervey is good and Edm treaded water at least. Calgary has best mgt and Wpg took Jefferson away. Better hope Paul Jones can dig up some talent because they really whiffed on free agency.

Anonymous said...

Best hope for Rob Bagg and Weston Dressler is to be signed by Kavis in Montreal where they could serve as good team mates for one Johnny Manziel.

Anonymous said...

Everywhere you go this morning the talk is that the Riders lost out on almost everything. A poor day. Grey Cups aren't won in February but they are are often lost in February. It seems that even money isn't enough to get players here. It's reported we matched or exceeded for some of the QB out there. BC bolstered their defence big time and added Sukh Chungh to their O-line. Chungh was the type of player we should have been after hard. However with Reilly and so many other top signings it appears that BC is the place to be and they will be top contenders this year.
With Jennings apparently going east somewhere and Bridge being unhappy that ship has sailed. Now Lulay is open but likely stays put in BC and again now why wouldn't he. Now Kevin Glenn? It's like the movie "groundhog day " all over again and at his age he may stay put. That leaves OMG…Ricky Ray? or Johnny Manziel?? With an under-performing and fragile Collaros, to say our QB situation is in ruins in an understatement. His 10-4 record in no way reflected how he performed. That was all built on Chris Jones defence and a big piece of that has left for Winnipeg. We needed a quality QB, receivers, and some upgrades on the O-line. We got none of that.

Rudyman said...

Anyone who thinks we can groom a guy in one year is nuts. Of the 3 big names that signed yesterday, all three spent years learning the CFL game.
This team needs to become a QB farm. I don't care if they come here 2-3 years and end up in the NFL. We need to start developing QB's, and working them. It worked for Wally, It worked for Huffy. And if nothing else you can use the development guys as trade bait for extra drafts.
I thought Bridge might be a guy, but he never ever looks like he cares enough to become better.

Anonymous said...

Jennings wanted 500k. i wonder what he got from Ottawa.

GardenGnome said...

Football Fan. Collaros is signed for 1 year. You can get players cheaper on multi-year deals. Don't think Collaros' agent hasn't checked out all avenues in advance & knows where the market is? Lulay or Ray may be options as long as they're both not injured at the same time. Collaros goes out, Lulay goes in &, as happened before, his shoulder goes within a game or two. Ray has still not got full clearance from the doctors & has said nothing about returning. Lulay was on the market before & took less money to stay in BC. He may do the same again now that best friend, Mike, is there. Ray, if he comes back is likely to go to Edm. Those connections again, just like Harris & Maas. Ray wants to coach so it segues nicely into a spot on the staff with Maas a year down the road. Why not Glenn? He is durable, has rested for a year & played well here. To me he is the most obvious & best option.

Football Fan said...

@Smitter
In the Ottawa loss Collaros started but came out in the first half when his concussion symptoms flared up, so in games where he played at least half the game he was 10-3, which was probably the highest winning percentage in the league. That wasn’t all on him of course, but he did what he needed to do for us to win 75% of those games. Bridge’s winning percentage with the same team was waaaay less by comparison. Collaros played very well and was obviously worth every penny of his salary last year, BUT those concussions are a serious concern. Bringing him back was a good thing, and if he stays healthy he could easily take us all the way, but we need someone else as insurance as well. I’m no doctor and his first concussion at least was a strange thing that he described more as a whiplash thing, and I don’t know if a change of equipment, or building up his neck muscles in the off season, or something else can be done to protect against that kind of concussion happening again in the future, but from where I sit I wouldn’t bet on him lasting the whole year, so imo we need a 1A QB as well to go along with Collaros.

Shayne said...

Collaros is a great QB, but we need someone who will play all 18 games this season.

Shayne said...

What are the chances that the Riders bring back Drew Willy? He's a free agent.

Anonymous said...

2020 will be the year the Riders make their play in free agency grabbing Streveler from Winnipeg!

Anonymous said...

Thank God the goofy arm chair GM's on this blog don't have any say on player moves. We'd still have Durant throwing to Don Narcise to keep his catches per game streak alive. Thrilling the 8,000 fans in the stands.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Shayne said...
Collaros is a great QB, but we need someone who will play all 18 games this season.

Agreat QB????? What Collaros have you been watching the last few years?

Gord said...

Collaros better not be getting anything remotely close to what he was making last year. 9 tds and 13 picks isnt worth anything close to 400k. The games we won last year had very very little to do with him whatsoever. So far our free agency has been a nightmare.

SWC said...

I don't know how anyone could have expected Reilly, BLM or Harris to sign with a team devoid of receivers. That's on Chris Jones not Jeremy O'Day.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that, Gord. We won some games w/o scoring one offensive TD.

Curt Dittmer said...

Quit looking at Collaros' win record last year. He had 9 TDs and 13 picks and the year before it was 8 and 7. That is a horrible (non winning) ratio. He averaged less than 1 TD per game in a throwing league.