Free agent QB Trevor Harris believes he is still a ‘tier one guy,’ won’t rule out return to past team

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It has been almost a month since the Montreal Alouettes released quarterback Trevor Harris and the former East Division All-Star remains without a landing spot, but he isn’t worried.

The veteran free agent joined The Rod Pedersen Show last week to provide an update on his contract talks, revealing that he has intentionally taken the process slowly as pieces fell into place around the CFL.

“We’re down to a few teams. We’ve chatted with a few teams here and there, I’ve talked to my agent a few times, but we really wanted to kind of let the dust settle and let GMs get hired, coaching staffs [get hired], let the dust settle on those sorts of things and let people to get through the holidays and transitions and stuff,” Harris explained.

“We’ll hone in on it and figure things out, but as of right now I’m not too worried about it. I’m a God-fearing man and I know that God’s going to open the right door at the right time and it’ll be obvious. Whatever that is, I just want to be faithful and willing to step through whatever it is that that God wants me to.”

Harris can be forgiven for taking his time after a chaotic 2021 that saw him lose his starting job in one city, traded as a playoff rental to another, and land on the open market.

The undisputed starter for the Edmonton Elks to start the season, Harris played just six games for the team and fell out of favour with club management after suffering a neck injury. He was traded to Montreal in mid-October in exchange for American defensive lineman Antonio Simmon, appearing in four regular season games and starting three. He completed 64-of-91 pass attempts in those games for 703 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions.

The 35-year-old also started the East Semi-Final in a 23-12 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, completing 28-of-44 pass attempts for 364 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Harris understood that Montreal was not a long-term home with fellow QB Vernon Adams Jr. the clear starter when healthy and must now weigh his options around the league. The most likely landing spots appear to be places he’s played before, with the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Redblacks and even Edmonton Elks currently unsettled at the position.

Harris wouldn’t rule out a return to any of those destinations, all importantly under different management than during his previous stop. He’ll go wherever he has an opportunity to seize the top job.

“I truly feel that I’m a tier one guy, but who doesn’t believe that they’re a starter. If you don’t believe that… you’ve got to have a little bit of that to you if you want to be a franchise quarterback and I believe that,” Harris said.

“I think that if I can get to a team and put ourselves in a good situation, I think that we can put together a nice season. I’ll be really excited about it when I’m able to know where I’m going and who I’ll be playing under, but until then I’m just going to keep grinding.”

While issues off the field in Edmonton were the determining factor in his departure, inconsistent outings on it did lead to questions about his long-term value as a starter. Harris is ready to answer those critics and believes the best is yet to come.

“I couldn’t be more excited because truthfully — and I know a lot of people say this and I think frankly, most of the time it’s just a bunch of crap — but I truly deep in my heart believe my best football is right in front of me,” he said. “I think my best four or five years, God willing, are directly in front of me.”