Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. put his money where his mouth is preparing for the potential 2021 CFL season.
According to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji, Adams Jr. paid nearly $20,000 for 14 of his teammates to workout with him in Seattle. He took care of the flights, hotel rooms, meals, massages, hair cuts, and even rented a movie theatre.
Running back William Stanback, receivers Geno Lewis, Jake Wieneke, Naaman Roosevelt, and Dante Absher among others were there.
Even though there was no season in 2020, Adams Jr. collected $165,000 in signing bonus money in January. He reworked his contract for 2021 and received $200,000 up front for doing so. The 28-year-old has brought in $365,000 regardless of football being played last year or this year.
Adams Jr. took over the starting role in Montreal during the 2019 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 home 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.
The Als franchise pivot invested the money and time even though there is uncertainty surrounding a possible start date in 2021.