The Toronto Argonauts are rolling the dice bringing back Zach Collaros after making a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
In a stunning turn of events, the Toronto Argonauts have decided to roll the dice on a familiar name in Zach Collaros after announcing a deal for the quarterback on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old started his CFL career in the Double Blue as the backup to Ricky Ray and eventually took over in 2013 when Ray went down with an injury throwing for 2316 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He would go on to leave for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats leading them to the Grey Cup in 2014.
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Injuries and the emergence of Jeremiah Masoli led to the decision to move Collaros to the Roughriders last season and he helped lead Saskatchewan to the playoffs but would miss that game with an injury. On the first offensive series of 2019, Collaros was the victim of a hit to the head from Simoni Lawrence and has been on the six-game injured list since then.
It has been an unfortunate situation for the Ohio native as Cody Fajardo would assume the starting QB job but this would make Collaros a trade target for Jim Popp who clearly saw a chance to take a chance on bringing in a proven starter. The Argos gave up a fourth-round pick in the trade which is conditional to how much playing tome Collaros receives or if he is signed to an extension.
Obviously, the concussion history is a concern when it comes to Collaros but when you look at the Argos QB situation, they could use someone with his experience. James Franklin doesn’t appear to be close to returning from a hamstring injury and McLeod Bethel-Thompson has been struggling to get the offence going.
According to TSN’s Dave Naylor, the Argos had interest in trading for Collaros when he was on the TiCats but he was moved to the Roughriders and the Argos decided to go after Franklin.
The Argos have the BYE week after Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers so it will be interesting to see what the timeline could be for Collaros to potentially get the call. At the same time, his injury history is an obvious concern but it appears the Argos are willing to roll the dice on that.
What do you think about Collaros being traded to Toronto? Do you think he can help turn things around or are there too many red flags about his injury history? Let us know in the comments below.