Structure of one-year agreement between Redblacks and Trevor Harris

Ottawa has brought back quarterback Trevor Harris for the 2018 season on a deal that will pay him in the $450,000 range in “hard money” with a six-figure signing bonus.

One of the main reasons for the one-year agreement is the uncertainty surrounding the collective bargaining agreement because of the CFL’s directive that states while players and clubs can enter into arrangements for the 2019 season, payment for the pre‐season bonuses cannot occur until a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the CFLPA and the league. The current CBA is set to expire on May 15, 2019.

Harris tied for the CFL lead in touchdown passes with 30 during the 2017 campaign and went 7-7-1 as the team’s starting pivot, guiding the Redblacks to a home playoff game. The 31-year-old was fourth in passing yards with 4,679. He put up 16 touchdowns and 3,301 passing yards in 12 games during the 2016 season, his first with Ottawa. That year he split duty with Henry Burris.

The Edinboro University product spent four seasons in Toronto where he developed into a quarterback with franchise potential. Harris started 17 games for Toronto and threw a league-leading 33 touchdowns to go along with 4,354 passing yards in 2015 while getting the Argos to the playoffs.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.