The M.O.P. is back: Zach Collaros, Blue Bombers agree to one-year contract extension

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms with all-star quarterback Zach Collaros on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

The six-foot, 222-pound passer will return in 2022 for a third season with the Blue Bombers and his tenth in the Canadian Football League.

The 2021 campaign was a memorable one for Collaros, as he helped guide his squad to a second consecutive Grey Cup championship while being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player and a CFL all-star.

He was also named the MVP of the 108th Grey Cup after a 33-25 overtime victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In the process, he became the first Blue Bombers quarterback to lead the club to consecutive Grey Cup championships since Ken Ploen in 1961-62.

Collaros led the CFL in passing touchdowns this past season with 20 and posted a league-best quarterback efficiency rating of 111.0, while his 3,185 passing yards ranked second. The club’s record was 11-2 in games Collaros started in the regular season and he is now 17-2 overall in starts for Winnipeg dating back to his arrival in 2019.

The Bombers acquired Collaros on Oct. 9, 2019 in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts that also netted Winnipeg a fifth-round 2020 draft pick in exchange for a third-round selection in 2020 and a conditional first-round pick that same year. That selection was officially granted to the Argos in January 2020 when Collaros signed a two-year extension with the Blue Bombers.

Collaros led Winnipeg to a 4-0 record in 2019, winning his debut in the club’s regular season finale before the run to the Grey Cup that also included victories in the West Semi-Final and West Final. He had been traded to Toronto earlier that season from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Collaros first signed in the CFL with the Argos in 2012 and has since appeared in 105 regular season games with Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg. He has a 46-34 record as a starter in his career and has thrown for 20,164 yards with 114 touchdowns against 58 interceptions.