Ticats VP Kent Austin says there’s interest in Collaros, but trade ‘highly unlikely’

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vice-president of football operations Kent Austin acknowledged there’s been interest in quarterback Zach Collaros but says that’s different than shopping him.

“When you’re in the situation we’re in, it’s not unusual for people to come after your best players to see if there’s any interest in moving them. Zach’s an outstanding quarterback and we certainly understand the interest,” Austin said Thursday. “I’m not going to say never to anything, I would say that’s highly unlikely. We’re going to evaluate every single position, everything we can to make our team better but he’s an outstanding quarterback and we’re not anxious to move someone of that level of talent.

“Everything is on the table but moving Zach is highly unlikely.”

Meanwhile, Collaros took the same team-first approach he’s adopted since new head coach June Jones demoted him in favour of Jeremiah Masoli on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to be a distraction. To be quite frank, I don’t know much about it,” Collaros said. “The only person I’ve talked to upstairs since the Ottawa game is June.”