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Current Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros believes the CFL could hand out the Grey Cup after a shortened season.

“We play a lot of games as it is. College plays what, 11 or 12 games. And that’s a proper championship when you win down there,” Collaros told the Winnipeg Sun.

Collaros was an accomplished signal caller at the University of Cincinnati. He played in eight, 12, 11 and 10 games during his four seasons with the Bearcats, throwing for 6,278 yards with 51 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

“The bottom line is guys want to play. And guys want to make their money, too. That’s another factor. Nobody really knows what’s going to happen on that end,” Collaros said.

CFL Players’ Association president Solomon Elimimian assured the union its members will be paid off-season bonuses between now and the current scheduled start of training camp. However, there has been no indication what could be done with player salaries if the season is reduced.

The Bombers signed Collaros to a two-year contract extension in January which could total nearly $1 million. That deal came after leading Winnipeg to its Grey Cup in 29 years. General manager Kyle Walters paid Collaros $440,000 in hard money for 2020 and $450,000 in 2021.

“You hear it, for sure. It’s become just the reality we’re living in right now, because it’s such an unknown,” Collaros said.

“Guys are just being more conscious of spending, and waiting anxiously to hear what’s going to happen.”

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie cancelled the CFL combines during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is planning for contingencies. CFL training camps are currently scheduled to open May 17 with regular season kick-off set for June 11 and the Grey Cup on the docket for November 22 in Regina.