QB Col­laros sub­ject of trade talks; Ex-NFLer Manziel ruled out af­ter CFL con­sulted

AR­GOS MAY GET BACK QB — OR RIDERS

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - JUSTIN DUNK

Hamil­ton has dis­cussed trad­ing quar­ter­back Zach Col­laros with the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers and re­ceived a sub­stan­tial of­fer from the Toronto Arg­onauts, say sources.

Prior to the 29-year-old be­ing benched by new Ti­cats head coach June Jones, Hamil­ton was pre­sented with a po­ten­tial deal from the Ar­gos that would have in­cluded three Cana­di­ans and a high draft pick. Since Col­laros was de­moted that pro­posal fell by the way­side and his trade value has since di­min­ished.

Toronto would be a log­i­cal land­ing spot for Col­laros for a num­ber of rea­sons. For­mer Ti­cats of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Tommy Con­dell, now a re­ceivers coach with the Ar­gos, is known to have a close re­la­tion­ship with his for­mer player. Col­laros also played in a Marc Trest­man-style of­fen­sive sys­tem while in Toronto un­der Scott Mi­lanovich and Mar­cus Brady, who is still with the club. The lat­ter was the of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor for the Ar­gos in 2013 when Col­laros burst onto the CFL scene.

Col­laros’ best sea­son came in 2015 when he passed for 3,376 yards, 25 TDs and eight in­ter­cep­tions, com­plet­ing 70 per cent of his passes. Those num­bers were put up in just 12 games be­fore he went down with an ACL in­jury that ended his year. That’s the kind of abil­ity the Ar­gos be­lieve Col­laros still pos­sesses.

The Ar­gos have vet­eran Ricky Ray at quar­ter­back, but the 37year-old has strug­gled with in­juries the past few sea­sons — Col­laros went 5-2 as a starter for the Ar­gos with Ray side­lined in 2013.

Mean­while, Saskatchewan has an even older pivot as their starter in Kevin Glenn, 38, an ex-Ti­cat. Even though he’s off to an im­pres­sive start this sea­son, the Riders are clearly look­ing for a quar­ter­back of the fu­ture, and re­cently traded for Ver­non Adams.

Cur­rent backup Bran­don Bridge is a free agent this com­ing off-sea­son.

Col­laros is the high­est-paid player in the league this sea­son, with a base salary of $520,000. Sources say his deal for 2017 was front-loaded, but the con­tract has an­other year to run.

The 29-year-old has lost 12 straight starts, one short of the CFL record and has been re­placed by Jeremiah Ma­soli for Hamil­ton’s up­com­ing Labour Day Clas­sic. Col­laros has thrown for 1,743 yards, eight touch­downs and seven in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son with a 62.7 com­ple­tion rate.

He has been un­der duress at a higher rate than any other QB in the CFL this sea­son, in­clud­ing 77 pres­sures.

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Ti­cat QB Zach Col­laros may have run his course in Hamil­ton, as the be­lea­guered team has en­ter­tained in­ter­est from East and West teams. Benched by the Cats for Labour Day’s game, he could be on the other bench Mon­day.

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