Vernon Adams was a highly sought after Canadian Football League quarterback prospect, so much so that Montreal traded a 2017 first-round pick to B.C. for the 23-year-old dual-threat pivot.
The Pasadena, California native inked a three-year pact upon arriving in La belle province. The 2016 portion of that contract will pay Adams $70,000 in “hard” money – $60,000 base salary plus $10,000 housing. He has a playtime incentive that pays $750 per game if 51% of all offensive snaps in a game come at quarterback. Translation: starting at QB equals that bonus money.
Most quarterbacks who come north of the border get the minimum salary in their rookie season.
Adams made his first career CFL start in Saskatchewan on October 22. He completed 11-of-24 pass attempts for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception in notably wet conditions, causing some catchable balls to be dropped, while showing impressive escape ability and rushing for 26 yards.
The performance from Adams even impressed the opposition in green and white, specifically defensive lineman Willie Jefferson.
haha appreciate it big dog ✊???????? you was ballin to. Finish strong
— Vernon Adams Jr. (@bigplay_va) October 24, 2016
Then in Week 19 Adams went out against the top team in the CFL and guided the team to a lead the Alouettes would ride to a victory. He completed 11-of-14 passes for 106 yards and ran four times for 29 yards until a charlie horse knocked him from the game. Most importantly, Adams improved to 2-0 as a starter.
Great team win! Way to stay together and keep our composure! One more boyzz
— Vernon Adams Jr. (@bigplay_va) October 30, 2016
For a final act in 2016, Adams went threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns – 18, 37 and 41-yard scoring strikes – in a 32-25 victory at Tim Hortons Field. The last of his TD passes came midway through the fourth quarter and proved to be the winning major. That made Adams 3-0 as the Alouettes starting quarterback to finish the season.