The Ottawa Redblacks have signed franchise quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to a contract extension through 2024. His contract was scheduled to expire following the 2023 season.
“Having consistency at the quarterback position is a key piece to have success as a CFL team, so we’re very happy to be able to keep Jeremiah Masoli in red and black for the foreseeable future,” said general manager Shawn Burke in a statement. “Jeremiah has proven himself as a leader both on and off the field, and makes us better as a team when he has the ball in his hands.”
The 34-year-old joined the team as a free agent this past off-season following a nine-year run with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions over four games along with 11 carries for 39 yards and one touchdown before suffering a season-ending leg injury. He earned $432,000 for the year.
The Redblacks originally hoped that Masoli would be able to return during this past season but his surgically repaired leg became infected, setting the timeline back. The team is confident that he will be fully healthy before training camp gets underway this year.
Masoli began his CFL career in Edmonton in 2012 but was traded to Hamilton the following year. He threw for 15,555 yards, 80 touchdowns, and 51 interceptions with the Ticats while rushing 252 times for 1,507 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The five-foot-ten, 215-pound pivot had his best year in 2018 when he threw for 5,209 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions while rushing 63 times for 473 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Player.
Ottawa finished this past season at the bottom of the East Division standings with a 4-14 record. Bob Dyce took over as the team’s interim head coach after Paul LaPolice was fired and has since been promoted to the full-time role. Former CFL Most Outstanding Player and Montreal Alouettes’ head coach Khari Jones will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.