Canadian QB Brandon Bridge in contract negotiations with Riders

Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge has entered into contract negotiations with the Riders.

“Were actually in contract negotiations right now. My agent sent over a proposal. I guess we’ll find out what happens and see what Saskatchewan’s side wants to do. Definitely, I would love to stay here, but at the end of the day, it’s still a business,” Bridge said after the Riders last-minute 25-21 loss in the East Final.

Bridge went 92-0f-138 for 1,236 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions while leading the Riders to a pair of wins, both on the road. He sparked the Riders offence in the East Final, completing 11-of-21 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown in the team’s defeat. That TD toss was the first by a Canadian in a post-season game since Russ Jackson in the 1969 Grey Cup.

“Yes, we’ve talked to him. Brandon’s a young guy I wanted him to concentrate on football and now that it’s over we can get started,” Jones said.

“It’s in a good position. I think he likes it here, I think he knows that our staff really likes him and wants to try to develop him as a quarterback. I do think that he brings a lot of really big intangibles to the position. Certainly, I feel like that there is growth that has to go on there in the off-season. He’s a dynamic young player.”

The 25-year-old’s pact with Saskatchewan expires in February. Fellow quarterbacks Kevin Glenn and Vernon Adams Jr. are under contract through the 2018 season.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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39 Comments on Canadian QB Brandon Bridge in contract negotiations with Riders

  1. Hopefully this deal gets done, and any money required for Bridge to stay in Saskatchewan comes directly off Glenn’s contract.

  2. I thought he played very well today

  3. BB – air canada – is a real diamond in the rough per say. Just needs playing time and starter status to take it to the next level.

    • He’s no better or worse than any other backup in the league. He’s just not ready to be a starter, give hime a few more years.
      Enough with that silly Rod Black nickname “Air Canada”……..

  4. I’ve got a feeling we all might see a sign and trade for Franklin.

    • Hmmmm interesting point and not out of the realm of possibilities but I think that is a huge gamble on the Rider s part. Not sold on Franklin, if he truely was a uber starter quality the Esk’s would be playing him , historically the ESK’s care more about winning then player loyalty is not their strong suit !!!! and Riely is NO SPRING CHICKEN !!!! +30’s as well. IF the Ratio changes regarding a Canadian QB counting ratio wise its a dumb move to swap unproven for unproven especially if 1 is a possible ratio changer !!! You must be a Eskimo fan to suggest this move as it has Edmonton advantage written all over it!!!!! Riders have Vernon Adams/Marquise Williams under contract with the same potential as Franklin. Franklin really makes NO sence for trade or realy a Rider signing unless Bridge gets away!!!!(overpaid)

      • If the ratio is changed for Cdn QB…then that’s a different situation. Jones is said to covet Franklin by Rider media. Bad guess on me being a Schmoes fan.

        • Lancaster/Reed // November 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm //

          Thats been the rumour for almost 2 years. It seems like he has potential. I would think montreal would also be interested for obvious reasons. Maybe hamilton if they dump collaros and decide masoli might not be good enough. And maybe even toronto if ricky ray wins the grey cup and retires a winner.

      • They need to REDUCE the Canadian quota by 2 Canadian starters per team.
        The quota was supposed to give a boost to CIS players, Bridge is an NCAA player.

        A possible incentive to teams with a Canadian QB as a starter, would be for them 2 get two extra Americans at other positions.

  5. Potentially even more valuable next year if his talk with the commish goes well.

  6. DiehardFan // November 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm //

    Interesting, where are all the Rider fans asking for sources, or decrying this as fake news and calling Dunk a hack? I guess what Hodge wrote in his piece is true it’s only negative stories that people get all pissy about. Something good and people are willing to take it as gospel. FWIW I’m in the Dunk is right more often than not category so I’m not hating on the writer, just noticing the differences.

  7. Brandon come home to Toronto!!!

  8. Riders should take care of business and sign Brandon. Young with a missle of an arm. Quick release so he won’t get beat up like alot of other quarterbacks. Plus he can Run. Will set passing record’s.

  9. Margaret Marshall // November 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm //

    sign bridge now and pay him as a starter with bonuses too. He has a lot to offer and is a bona fide contender with the real potential to create a Rider dynasty and make the Grey Cup a regular occurrence. Franklin is the greener grass on the other side of wishful thinking. Bridge is a developing star in this league.

    • Bridge is not ready to be a starter. He needs a couple of more years behind a seasoned starter.

      • kind of hard to look at Bridge and say he isn’t a starter when the guy is yanked off the bench for how many games in high pressure situations where Glen can’t handle and scores points. I think he has the tools but needs Glen behind him for his maturity to grow. Could always reverse the roll and start bridge and have Glen come off the bench

      • True green // November 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm //

        He is 25 years old with 3 (I believe) years in the league and a reasonable amount of game time after this year. I’d support a Bridge #1 Glenn #2 approach to next year, if rider scan keep both for the right price. Glenn has a lot to offer as mentor and can still play if Bridge needs to come out. OR Durant #2…. that would be interesting!

  10. Franklin and Bridge are both unproven. Whereas Glenn is proven; proven that he can’t take a team to the promised land. He has had opportunities for 17 years and several different teams with always the same result. Insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Bridge may turn out to be a starter but must learn to stay cool and collected. Looked very frustrated and flustered today. Or might have to start looking under those stones again.

  11. greenonions // November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am //

    Getfits, I can guarantee you that the Eskimos have no interest in Bridge. Franklin’s a good trade chip – unproven maybe but pick up the Ottawa Citizen edition the day before the semi & you’ll see some Ottawa guys were already pushing to pursue Franklin if Harris lost. The Toronto papers have at various times stated, as recently as this morning, that Eastern MOP Ray has not been approached at all about next year & it is an open secret the owners/mgmt are looking at a younger guy to start – Franklin is near the top of the list. If you believe the ridiculous conspiracy theory of Rod then it’s not far fetched to suggest that the CFL would prefer a potential star to land in TO. It’s also obvious that Riders & Mtl will take a long look at him. Bridge has thrown 15 more career passes than Franklin so the experience is about the same. Franklin played for Missouri, was 2nd team all-American, rated #4 QB in the US coming out of high school & had a completion % of 63.3%. Bridge barely completed 50% of his passes in college, recently rated the most inaccurate QB in the CFL by Derek Taylor because of the # of passes he should have had intercepted. Franklin has more poise in the pocket. He was the Independence Bowl MVP in his sophomore year & won the Cotton Bowl in 2014. There is a big difference between Brandon Bridge & James Franklin. Franklin will get traded before free agency but it won’t be for Bridge. The Eskimos are high on Zack Kline, currently on their PR – #2 nationally ranked QB coming out of high school. Why trade Franklin for something they don’t need – another raw QB? There are more pressing needs.

    • greenrider89 // November 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm //

      I would be very surprised should any team trade for James Franklin. It will be a bidding war on Franklin during free agency. And I’ll bet the Riders will be one of the interested suitors for his services.

    • Kline could not even keep the starting job as a senior on a 1-11 Fresno State team. The freshman who beat him last year was not a star player either as he is now a backup at Fresno.

      Anyhow, my opinion is Bridge will be asking for a price Chris Jones is unwilling to pay since that money could be better spent on somebody who he Jones believes is a franchise QB right now.

  12. solara2000 // November 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm //

    While Glenn is not in the same echelon as Ray, Mitchell and Reilly, let’s not denigrate the man. With his many years in the League and having played for almost every team at some point or another, he continues to show that he can still make a contribute with his knowledge and experience.

    • Good point. Give the ball to Bridge and turn him loose. He has huge potential. Keep Glenn as a backup and coach, mentor for Bridge. He could be a big factor in helping Bridge along.

  13. Is everyone for forgetting Franklin is a FA they can trade him wherever but if he doesn’t want to be there he won’t sign

  14. the flammer // November 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm //

    franklin will sign with the riders and him and bridge will compete to be the starter. but don,t forget about adams or Williams , two young qbs with lots of potential as well.future looks good at qb for the riders.

  15. Good news on some key guys.
    Jones is back at work.

  16. I am all for Adams and Bridge back but for goodness sake not Glenn!

  17. justforkicks // November 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm //

    Glen is back. His contract runs thru next year and I doubt anyone would trade for him. Jones has already stated He will be back and Glenn has said that is what he wants as well. However, there will be a competition for #1 and I hope Bride is there to compete for it.

  18. justforkicks // November 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm //

    That should read Glenn is back and Bridge is there to compete. Not even on my phone crying out loud !!

  19. lets get Bridge signed he is a good young quarterback

  20. By birth Brandon Bridge is a Canadian, by CFL rules he is a quarterback and has no bearing on the Import/Non-import ratio.
    If Bridge chose to sign with the Argos the ratio rule would be changed within a week. If he signs anywhere else the rule stays the same.

  21. BigRedMachine // November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm //

    Whatever happens, I’m hoping that Adams gets released since I think he has real potential and would love to have him on my team…

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