Alouettes rework contract of quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. for 2021 season

The Montreal Alouettes have agreed on a restructured contract with quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., according to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.

The deal still runs through 2022 and the amount of the final year hasn’t changed (460-514k). Original amount for 2021 was 445k hard, up to 481k, which has been reworked.

The hard money on Adams’ deal in 2021 is now 405k with a 180k signing bonus. No changes to 2022.

General manager Danny Maciocia anointed Adams Jr. the face of the present and foreseeable future in La Belle Province last January. That’s when, according to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, Maciocia negotiated a contract worth $415,000 in hard money — Adams Jr. had already collected a $20,000 roster bonus on January 1, bringing his compensation to $435,000 — for the 2020 season.

Alouettes pay QB Vernon Adams Jr. nearly $1.5 million

Adams Jr. received $165,000 for signing on the dotted line, but due to the season’s cancellation that’s all he collected for the calendar year. The hard money for 2021 was originally $445,000 with the ability to total $481,000, while 2022 checks in at $460,000 in hard money with $514,000 highly possible.

“It takes true leaders to act this way and this confirms even more that we have a true leader of men behind centre, as Vernon has accepted to make sacrifices in order to continue to be well surrounded and to allow the team to continue to perform at a high level,” Maciocia said in a statement.

Adams Jr. took over the starting role last season. The former University of Oregon star produced a 10-5 win-loss record while throwing for 3,942 yards, 24 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions and rushed for 394 yards with a league-high-tying 12 majors on the ground.

Under the leadership of head coach Khari Jones and Adams Jr., Montreal made the playoffs for the first time since 2014 with a 10-8 record and hosted a playoff game. The Alouettes originally acquired Adams Jr. via trade when former Montreal general manager Jim Popp sent a 2017 first-round CFL draft pick to the B.C. Lions in May 2016.

Adams Jr. has a 13-6 win-loss record as a starter in the CFL.

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