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Hamilton Tiger-Cats commerce quarterback Zach Collaros to Saskatchewan Roughriders in blockbuster low season deal

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats despatched quarterback Zach Collaros to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Wednesday for a second-round draft selection, shedding wage and including to their stockpile of draft picks.

The commerce comes amid a report Hamilton is near re-signing quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who made 10 begins final season and noticed motion in each sport. The Ticats even have former NCAA star Johnny Manziel on their negotiation record, with a inexperienced mild to signal him from the CFL.

Saskatchewan gave up the 10th general choose within the 2018 draft to get Collaros, a former Ticat starter who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in September 2015. The Riders acquired the choose within the deal that despatched quarterback Darian Durant to Montreal.

The Tiger-Cats now maintain the second, 10th, 11th and 15th general picks within the 2018 CFL draft. Hamilton has 9 picks in all within the Could three draft.

For Saskatchewan, Collaros joins a quarterbacking corps that features Canadian Brandon Bridge and veteran Kevin Glenn.

The 29-year-old Collaros began eight video games in 2017, finishing 167 of 266 passes for 1,767 yards, eight touchdowns and 7 interceptions. In 59 profession CFL video games with Toronto and Hamilton, the six-foot, 219-pounder has thrown for 13,759 yards and 83 touchdowns. Collaros was the Tiger-Cats’ nominee for Most Excellent Participant in 2014 and 2015.

“I’m completely satisfied for Zach to land on his ft with on Wednesday an opportunity to be on staff that may compete for a championship, and never a rebuilding scenario,” Hamilton coach June Jones stated in a press release.

“As I stated through the season, Zach was put right into a troublesome scenario, as was I, and he dealt with himself as a real professional. He got here to work day by day and tried to be the perfect he might be. Zach was an asset to me and our staff within the areas he may management. There isn’t any query in my thoughts had he gotten his probability once more to play for me, he would have been profitable.

“I noticed sufficient in follow and witnessed his work ethic to know he’s a tricky child and a winner. As I instructed him, this can be a enterprise. Zach understands the sport, and the enterprise. I want him all the perfect and so does everybody in our group.”

As for Manziel, the CFL introduced in late December that it might approve a contract for the controversial QB if one was negotiated.

“We recognize the CFL workplace and commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s due diligence on this matter,” the Ticats stated on the time. “We additionally acknowledge Johnny Manziel for up to now demonstrating the attributes essential to proceed his profession in our nice league. We can have no additional remark at the moment.”

The 25-year-old was the primary freshman to win the Heisman Trophy whereas at Texas A&M, however did not impress within the NFL with Cleveland as tales about his off-field actions overshadowed his play.

Hamilton completed out of the playoffs final season at 6-12-0. Saskatchewan (10-8-0) misplaced 25-21 to Toronto within the Jap closing after crossing over and beating Ottawa within the semifinal.

The Riders completed fifth in passing yards (5,416) through the 2017 common season, however led the league in passing TDs (35).

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