Alouettes sign QB Vernon Adams Jr. to new contract through the 2022 season

The Montreal Alouettes have signed a new deal with quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. which goes through the 2022 season.

Adams Jr. established himself as the team’s starting quarterback in 2019. He was a spark for the Alouettes’ offence that helped the team finish with a 10-8 record, second place in the East Division and Montreal’s first playoff appearance since 2014.

“We are extremely happy to have retained Vernon’s services for the next three season,” Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia said.

“On top of being one of the CFL’s most exciting players, Vernon has shown great progression and stretched many plays and drives thanks to his decision making abilities. His desire to win quickly made him an important leader on our team.”

The 26-year-old finished second in the CFL with 24 touchdown passes against 13 interceptions, tied for the league lead with 12 rushing touchdowns and add one another major receiving. The Pasadena, California native completed 283-of-431 passes (65 percent completion rate) for 3,942 yards in 16 games.

Adams Jr. was the CFL’s biggest deep ball threat, completing 45 passes of 20 or more yards. He kept opposing defences on their heals by rushing for 394 yards, maintaining an average of 4.8 yards per carry. He had a passer rating of 100.9 for the season.

“The Alouettes showed they have faith in me with this new contract, and I am excited to continue the work we started last season,” Adams Jr., who was voted an East Division All-Star in 2019, said. “I love this city, I love the fans. We built a special relationship last year, and the best is yet to come.”

Acquired by the Alouettes in 2016, Adams Jr. has a 13-6 record as a starter in the CFL. Following stops with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the quarterback returned to Montreal in 2018, working hard to be become the starting pivot.

“Vernon worked hard all season long and gained his teammates’ respect,” head coach Khari Jones said.

“You could tell that the players believed in him when he was behind the line of scrimmage. They gave it all for him because he left everything out on the field. That’s exactly what you want from a starting quarterback.”

On September 21, 2019, Adams Jr. orchestrated the Alouettes greatest comeback in team history, as the Als came back from a 24-point deficit against the eventual Grey Cup Champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers, en route to a 38-37 win in what was an electric evening at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

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