Montreal Alouettes extend quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. through 2023 season

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The Montreal Alouettes have extended the contract of quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. through the 2023 season.

Adams Jr. received a $190,000 signing bonus and is due to make $445,000 in 2022. Last January he collected a $200,000 signing bonus as part of a deal that paid him $420,000 prorated this past year.

The five-foot-11, 200-pound Adams Jr. played eight games for the Als in 2021, completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,949 yards with 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions. The Pasadena, CA native was among the league’s players of the week when he amassed four touchdowns during Week 5, tying his single-game career high, against the Ottawa Redblacks. The 28-year-old’s season abruptly ended following a physical setback.

Adams Jr. was placed on the six-game injured list in mid-October after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in a win over the Redblacks. He did not require surgery, though the rehabilitation process is arduous.

As a starter in the CFL, Adams Jr. has a 17-10 win-loss record. In 2019, he established himself as the Alouettes No. 1 QB while leading the team to its first playoff appearance since 2014. That year, Adams Jr. finished second in the CFL with 24 touchdown passes and 13 touchdowns of his own, 12 rushing and one receiving.

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