Ticats sign contract extension with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season.

Masoli missed the final 12 games of the schedule in 2019 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. He went down with a non-contact injury during the first quarter against Winnipeg in Week 7 and didn’t want to believe his season was over.

The 30-year-old had completed 6-of-7 passes for 59 yards with one interception and two carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. Hamilton was leading 14-0 at the time and went on to win 23-15. Masoli had surgery on his knee in August.

The Ticats No. 1 QB led the black and gold to their best start since 1998 at 4-1. Masoli completed 71 per cent of his passes for 1,576 yards with nine touchdowns against seven interceptions, adding 17 carries for 79 yards and four touchdowns in parts of six games.

Dane Evans took over the starting quarterback job and went 10-2 during the regular season, helping the Tabbies reach the Grey Cup. The 26-year-old passed for 3,754 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 72 percent of his attempts. Evans wanted Masoli back in the Hammer.

Masoli threw for more than 5,200 yards with 28 touchdowns against 18 interceptions during his first full season as the starter in Hamilton during 2018. For those efforts, Masoli was named the East Division Most Outstanding Player. That came after Masoli led the league over the final 10 games of the 2017 regular schedule in passing yards with 3,032.

Masoli made over $335,000 last season and Evans signed a three-year extension prior to the 2019 season, which means he’s under contract with the Ticats through 2021. Because Evans was inked at an affordable rate — which has playtime and performance incentives included — there was room to fit Masoli in for starting quarterback money.

Knee rehab is ongoing as Masoli aims to be ready for the start of the 2020 season with his fresh deal.

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