Franchise quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has reportedly restructured his contract with the Calgary Stampeders.
The two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player was originally set to earn more than $700,000 in 2021 and 2022. He also had a roster bonus worth $350,000 that was supposed to be paid on February 1, 2021.
The new was first reported by the Not a Draft Podcast, co-hosted by Calgary Stampeders’ national receiver Michael Klukas.
Mitchell will now earn $525,000 in 2021 with his deal still running through the 2022 season. The two-time league all-star is the most recent CFL quarterback to restructure his contract with Mike Reilly and Cody Fajardo having also done so in recent days.
Calgary’s star pivot left the Stamps’ Week 3 win against B.C. in 2019 favouring his right arm, chest and shoulder area. Following the setback, the two-time Grey Cup champion was placed on the six-game injured list. It caused Mitchell to miss a start for the first time since 2014.
Mitchell had an MRI on his pectoral muscle sent to renowned doctor Neal ElAttrache who works primarily out of Los Angeles. ElAttrache performed Tom Brady’s ACL surgery in 2008 and multiple operations on five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant among other star athletes.
Mitchell received a cortisone shot for his injured pectoral muscle in late July. The results and expert opinion came back from ElAttrache with a small issue that needed shrinking in order to subside the pain. ElAttrache took care of the shot and surgery to ensure Mitchell rehabs back to full health.
That unfortunate right shoulder setback limited him to 11 games in 2019. He passed for 3,464 yards with 19 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while completing 66 per cent of his attempts.
Calgary went 12-6 during the regular season, finishing second-place in the West Division, but lost the Western Semi-Final at McMahon Stadium to the eventual Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The 30-year-old native of Katy, Texas reached 60 career wins in just 72 starts, which is the fastest mark of any quarterback in league history.