Brandon Bridge signed a bridge contract.

It’s a deal that gives the 25-year-old a pay raise and should lead to a bigger dollar amount on the next one.

Bridge received a $40,000 signing bonus, $10,000 in housing, $10,800 in roster bonuses and $90,000 in base salary, which equals $150,800 in “hard money”. There is $63,000 in playtime incentives available and $50,000 for performance bonuses. If Bridge plays 51 per cent or more of the snaps in a game he gets an extra $3,000 up t0 12 and then it bumps to $4,500 per contest for the final six games.

Bridge made around $80,000 in the final year of his rookie deal in 2017.

The Missauga, Ontario native 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 in 2017. That earned him the bridge deal.


Justin Dunk is the pre-eminent CFL insider and unabashed supporter of Canadian quarterbacks. He is one of the founders of the new 3DownNation.