Bombers, quarterback Zach Collaros agree to restructured contract

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and quarterback Zach Collaros have agreed to a restructured contract for the 2021 season, per sources.

In the new pact, Collaros is scheduled to earn $410,000 in hard money this upcoming year and he received $180,000 upfront in the form of a signing bonus.

Collaros follows Mike Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell, Trevor Harris, Cody Fajardo, and Vernon Adams Jr. who have already reworked their financial compensation for the scheduled, upcoming season.

After leading the Bombers to a Grey Cup championship in 2019, Collaros signed a two-year pact.

He was originally set to earn $440,000 in hard money last year, but collected only his $225,000 signing bonus due to the 2020 season being cancelled. Collaros was initially scheduled to earn $450,000 in 2021 with an additional $50,000 available in playtime bonuses.

Collaros earned $310,000 in hard money last season — $115,000 in base salary and $20,000 in housing combined with a $175,000 signing bonus. He was given a substantial pay raise of more than $100,000 in hard money year over year. Winnipeg decided to focus their efforts on inking Collaros to a new deal over fellow veteran pivot Matt Nichols.

Walters acquired Collaros at the trade deadline and it paid off with the veteran quarterback producing a 4-0 record, including three wins in the playoffs en route to hoisting Earl Grey’s mug. Collaros was the starter who propelled Winnipeg to the run through the end of the season, playoffs and ultimately a the CFL title. Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea saw Collaros as ‘the guy’ during the victories.

Winnipeg sent their third-round choice in the 2020 CFL draft to the Toronto Argos for Collaros and a fifth-round selection during the October deadline. Because the Bombers re-signed Collaros, Toronto received an additional first-round pick, ninth overall in the 2020 CFL draft.

Collaros has amassed a 35-31 win-loss record while completing 65 percent of his passes for 16,979 yards and 94 touchdowns against 52 interceptions in 92 games over eight seasons. He’s played for the Toronto Argos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg. During three post-season games with the Bombers, Collaros totalled 630 passing yards, two touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 65 percent of his attempts.

The Bombers have invested in Collaros as the starter at the game’s most important position.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.