Ticats quarterback Zach Collaros will not renegotiate his contract and be wearing a new uniform next season, TSN’s Matthew Scianitti guaranteed in an interview on TSN1150 radio in Hamilton on Wednesday.
“The one who suffers the most here right now, and the man whose losing time in his career, a guy who has proven not too long ago – notwithstanding losing 12 straight games – and if anybody wants to put those 12 straight losses on him, you’re sorely mistaken,” Scianitti said. “But the fact is Zach Collaros has been – to say victim is too loaded of a term – but he has worn the brunt of a lot of this season for the Ticats. I do not expect, it would shock me, and I will go so far as to guarantee that he will not renegotiate his contract with the Ticats, and he will be wearing a different uniform next season. Because I don’t know how any self-respecting player, not that the Ticats have treated him with any egregious disrespect, but I don’t know how you could be seen as the fall guy on a season after you were an MOP candidate, after you worked as hard as you did to come back from an ACL injury, after helping to take a team to the Grey Cup, after helping a team almost come back from a Grey Cup deficit against the Calgary Stampeders, and then feel like well you know what I’m just going to shrug it off and have no real sense of self-respect as this team goes and flirts with a guy who really hasn’t done anything in football in almost five, six years. I think Zach Collaros and his representatives have enough self-respect to say thanks for the memories Hamilton, but we’ll take our business elsewhere and it’s likely going to be 55 kilometres to the east on the QEW.”
Hamilton had discussed trading Collaros with two teams recently and has expressed interest in bringing former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel to town. The league said Wednesday that Manziel would not be allowed to enter the league this season but could play in 2018 if certain conditions are met.
Collaros is the highest paid player in the league this season with a base salary of $520,000. Sources say his deal for 2017 was front-loaded and the contract has another year to run.
The 29-year-old has lost 12 straight starts, one short of the CFL record has since been replaced by Jeremiah Masoli who has gone 3-1 at the Ticats starter. Collaros has thrown for 1,743 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 62.7 completion rate. When on the field Collaros had been under duress at a higher rate than any other quarterback in the CFL this season (77 pressures).