Former Argos GM Jim Popp had 2020 extension in place with QB Zach Collaros

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Former Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Popp was working towards a new pact with quarterback Zach Collaros.

Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and John Murphy were been hired by team president Bill Manning as general manager and vice president of player personnel, respectively. That was after Jim Popp lost his job, which is why Popp couldn’t get the agreement finalized with Collaros.

The 31-year-old quarterback was placed on the six-game injured list by Saskatchewan following a head shot he sustained from Tiger-Cats’ linebacker Simoni Lawrence in Week 1. Collaros failed concussion protocol, sidelined ever since, but he is now healthy and cleared to play.

The Argos traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Riders for Collaros in July. The fourth-round pick can possibly become a second-round pick depending on playing time and extension clauses.

Collaros passed for 2,999 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games a year ago while producing a 10-4 win-loss record for Saskatchewan. In 59 games with the Argos (2012-13) and Ticats (2014-17), Collaros threw for 13,759 yards while completing 66.5 percent for 83 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.