Veteran quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. agreed to amend his contract while being traded to the B.C. Lions.
The 29-year-old started two games for the Montreal Alouettes to begin the season, but he was demoted after Week 2 when Trevor Harris was installed as the No. 1 QB. Als’ general manager Danny Maciocia sent Adams Jr. and his restructured contract to the west coast on August 31.
While playing for the Lions in 2022, Adams Jr. earns a prorated $95,000 base salary, $2,777.77 per game when he’s the starting QB and $666.66 in housing with each game cheque. The five-foot-11, 200-pound pivot received a $190,000 signing bonus last December and had been due to make $445,000 this year with Montreal until his deal was reworked.
Adams Jr. is under contract for the 2023 season. He’s currently slated to collect a $25,000 active roster bonus on February 15 and earn a $113,000 base salary with an additional $13,500 in housing. The dual-threat passer has a chance to pocket $11,111.11 per game for being the starting QB and $1,388.88 per game for playing 51 percent or more of the offensive plays, while 20 or more touchdown passes unlocks a $25,000 bonus.
With Nathan Rourke seemingly destined to sign an NFL contract in the offseason, the Lions have an experienced option for next season. Adams Jr. has a $151,500 hard money total for 2023, which is backup money in the CFL. That can give co-general managers Rick Campbell and Neil McEvoy flexibility at the most important position in football.
Through five games and four starts with BC, Adams Jr. has completed 76-of-113 passes (67 percent) for 1,025 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions while rushing nine times for 90 yards. He has a 2-2 win-loss record as the Lions’ starter, beating Calgary and Ottawa but losing against the Stampeders and Argonauts.
Adams Jr. came to the CFL in 2016 and has started 33 games compiling a 19-14 win-loss record. He’s completed 581-of-933 passes (62 percent) for 8,013 yards with 47 touchdowns and 26 interceptions plus 212 carries for 1,068 yards (averaging five yards per carry) and 20 majors on the ground.