Riders’ Brandon Bridge on Zach Collaros contract: ‘I learned a lot about free agency’

Brandon Bridge is remaining posed amid the numbers on Zach Collaros’ reworked contract coming out.

Bridge inked a one-year contract extension for the 2018 season in December.

After signing with the Riders in August of last year, the Mississauga-born pivot started in Week 13 for the Riders in Hamilton and guided the team to a victory with 231 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks later, he came off the bench to lead a comeback win against Toronto, finishing 20-of-28 for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, Bridge passed for 1,236 yards with a 66.6 completion percentage (92-of-138) and 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions while adding 20 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He sparked the Riders offence in the East Final, completing 11-of-21 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown in the team’s defeat. The TD toss was the first by a Canadian in a post-season game since Russ Jackson in the 1969 Grey Cup.

Saskatchewan went out and traded for Collaros in January. Head coach Chris Jones has remained adamant that the quarterback competition remains open, but the Collaros contract numbers indicate otherwise.

2016 Grey Cup MVP Henry Burris believes in Bridge.