Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Toronto Arognauts, per sources.
Bridge was originally drafted by current Argos and former Alouettes general manager Jim Popp while he was in Montreal during the fourth round, 31st overall in the 2015 CFL draft.
Bridge spent the past two seasons in Saskatchewan after originally signing with the Riders in August 2016. Last year Bridge played in eight games completing 82-of-131 passes for 804 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions while rushing 25 times for 110 yards.
The Mississauga-born Bridge has shown intriguing potential, especially in 2017. Bridge 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 during the 2017 season. 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.
Bridge worked out for the New York Giants in December 2017. The 26-year-old went unselected in the 2015 NFL draft, received an invite to Dallas Cowboys rookie mini-camp, but was not offered a contract.
Bridge has all the athletic traits to succeed at the pro level and with more development could reach his full potential.