The Saskatchewan Roughriders have officially signed quarterback Trevor Harris to a two-year contract.
The native of Waldo, Ohio took over the starting role for the Montreal Alouettes early this past season and threw for 4,157 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, leading the team to an 8-7 record over 15 regular season starts. He also helped Montreal win the club’s first postseason game since 2014, throwing for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a 28-17 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final.
The six-foot-three, 212-pound passer started his CFL career in 2012 as a member of the Toronto Argonauts. He has since played for the Ottawa Redblacks, Edmonton Elks, and Als, throwing for 28,610 yards, 154 touchdowns, and 71 interceptions over 161 games. He has also rushed for 979 yards and nine touchdowns along the ground.
The Alouettes felt confident about re-signing Harris during the league’s off-season winter meetings last month, though the club’s unstable ownership situation appears to have hindered their ability to re-sign their franchise quarterback.
Harris was non-committal regarding his future in an interview with CKRM in Regina last month, though he made it clear that he holds Danny Maciocia and Jason Maas, Montreal’s general manager and head coach, respectively, in high esteem. Maas, who served as the offensive coordinator in Saskatchewan this past season, previously coached Harris during stints in Toronto and Edmonton.
The Riders benched Cody Fajardo late this past season while the team was still mathematically eligible to make the playoffs.
The 30-year-old was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Player in 2019 but saw his production decline over three years as the team’s starter. He was inhibited by a knee injury at times this past season as Saskatchewan allowed a league-worst 77 sacks. He remains a pending free agent, though is expected to switch teams with Harris and join the Alouettes.