What the Riders will pay new QB Vernon Adams

Newly acquired Riders quarterback Vernon Adams has one year left on a three-year contract.

The 24-year-old is in the middle of his deal. The 2016 portion paid Adams $70,000 in “hard” money – $60,000 base salary and $10,000 housing – plus $750 per game for starting. In 2017 he’ll make around $80,000 in “hard” cash with possible incentives. 2019 will see Adams get a similar bump as he did from year one to two. Most quarterbacks who come north of the border get the minimum salary on their “rookie” deals.

Saskatchewan sent 2018 and 2019 third round picks along with Canadian defensive back Tevaughn Campbell for Adams on Tuesday.

The Riders know first-hand how elusive Adams can be.

The five-foot-11, 200-pound pivot started three games for Montreal in 2016, completing 42-of-75 passes for 575 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in that span. Over 15 games last season, Adams rushed 29 times for 112 yards and one touchdown. Then he backed up Darian Durant this season. He’s carried the ball eight times for nine yards and a touchdown while serving as the short yardage quarterback. The Alouettes originally acquired Adams from the B.C. Lions in May 2016 in exchange for a first round selection.