Quarterback Dane Evans restructures contract with Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have restructured the contract of their backup quarterback.

Dane Evans re-did his deal with the team last week, one that will help him increase his earnings from 2019.

Evans earned approximately $170,000 last season, during which he helped the Ticats reach the 107th Grey Cup. It was the first year of a three-year extension he inked in April 2019. The length of his new deal remains the same, but includes some extra guaranteed money.

Evans was set to make a maximum of $213,000 in 2020 on a contract that was heavily incentive-laden. The deal included just $80,000 of hard money in the form of base salary and a housing allowance.

His new contract includes a $25,500 signing bonus, though his housing bonus has been lowered to $12,000. This means Evans will make $102,500 in hard money in 2020 plus incentives that could carry the deal to a maximum of $230,000.

The base salary goes up to $83,000 in the second year of the deal, as do some of the incentives. Evans will make $257,000 if he hits on all of his bonuses in 2021, which include leading the CFL in passing yards, being named a league all-star, and winning Most Outstanding Player.

Evans completed 298 passes for 3,754 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions during the regular season in 2019. He went 10-2 as a starter and beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in July in relief of an injured Jeremiah Masoli.

The 26-year-old started strong in the post-season, throwing for 386 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against the Edmonton Eskimos in the East Final. That success didn’t translate to the Grey Cup, a game in which Evans threw for 203 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and fumbled three times.

Masoli recently signed a one-year deal with the Tiger-Cats that includes $387,000 in hard money, per TSN’s Farhan Lalji. The former East Division Most Outstanding Player started six games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending ACL tear.

The 31-year-old can earn up to $460,000 if he reaches all of his incentives in 2020. Masoli is currently on pace to be ready for the start of training camp, though ACL rehabilitation can be unpredictable.

Evans is the perfect insurance policy for Hamilton if Masoli isn’t ready to start the year. He’s effective and inexpensive compared to proven starters around the league and remains under contract through 2021.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.