Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign quarterback Zach Collaros to three-year contract extension

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed quarterback Zach Collaros to a three-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday. He is now tied to the club through the 2025 season.

The six-foot, 222-pound passer has thrown for 4,115 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions this season, leading the team to a 14-2 record as a starter. He has thrown ten more touchdown passes than the CFL’s next-leading quarterback and sits second in passing yards and quarterback rating (min. 50 attempts) league-wide. If he wins the league’s Most Outstanding Player award next month, he will be just the fifth player in CFL history to win it in back-to-back seasons.

The 34-year-old was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2021 after throwing for 3,185 yards, 20 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He went 13-2 as the team’s starter (postseason included) and led the club to a second consecutive Grey Cup title with a 33-25 overtime win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after throwing for 240 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Collaros has gone 31-4 as a starter in Winnipeg since being acquired from the Toronto Argonauts via trade in October 2019. He started all three postseason games during the club’s Grey Cup run that season, throwing for 630 yards and two touchdowns over the course of the playoffs. The club snapped a 29-year Grey Cup drought with a decisive 33-12 win at McMahon Stadium over Hamilton.

The native of Steubenville, Ohio first broke into the CFL with the Argos in 2012 and has played a total of 122 regular season games with Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg. He currently ranks No. 23 on the league’s all-time passing list with 24,279 yards.

The Blue Bombers (14-3) are currently on a bye week and will host the B.C. Lions (11-5) in their regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8:30 p.m. EDT. They have already clinched first place in the West Division, giving them the right to host the West Final on Sunday, Nov. 13.