Vernon Adams gives the Riders more options

One of the biggest questions that the Riders need answering is who is their next starting quarterback? We still don’t know the answer but the team is giving themselves some options.

On Tuesday, the green and white acquired pivot Vernon Adams and a fifth round pick from Montreal for defensive back Tevaughn Campbell and a pair of third round selections. On the surface, the Riders picked up the best player in the deal and that’s usually a good sign when assessing trades. Of course, how the deal actually plays out we won’t know for a few years.

What the Riders are getting in Adams is a quarterback with some CFL experience and still has some term left on his contract. According to 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, Adams signed a three-year deal after being dealt from B.C. to Montreal last season. That means Chris Jones and company have the rest of this season, mini-camp, training camp and next season to see if Adams can take that step and become a starter in the CFL.

Having Adams under team control for at least another year is also important because Brandon Bridge is set to become a free agent at season’s end. You never know what might happen in those situations. If Bridge walks, the Riders would more or less be back to square one when it comes to developing their next quarterback, leaving Marquise Williams as the only returning young arm next season.

The deal provides the Riders with some help right now too. Before the trade, there were only three quarterbacks on the team’s roster. So far, the team has been pretty lucky when it comes to injuries as Kevin Glenn has been available to start every week. Odds are pretty good that he’s going to get dinged up at some point and miss time, even if it’s just some practice time. That’s football. Getting a fourth quarterback in before that happens so he has time to gel with his teammates and learn the system was important. The extra arm will also create competition as being third on the depth chart pays much better than the practice roster.

In Campbell, the Riders gave up a defensive back with some speed but it didn’t look like he was going to crack the starting line up anytime soon. Even though the secondary hasn’t been great, Campbell wasn’t the answer. The third round picks are a tougher pill to swallow, as the Riders still need to bulk up their Canadian depth, but you have to give up something to get something. At least it wasn’t a first rounder.

There’s no guarantee that Adams will become the quarterback the Riders are looking for but until they find that guy, all they can do is give themselves options.

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