The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats made a blockbuster trade on Wednesday. The Roughriders acquired Zach Collaros from the Tiger-Cats for a second round pick in the 2018 Canadian Football League Draft. The Tiger-Cats will receive the 10th overall pick in the deal.
By trading Collaros, the Tiger-Cats are opening the door for controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel to join their organization. Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie has approved a contract for Manziel if Tiger-Cats management is able to come to agreement with the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
Manziel played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns from 2014 to 2015 and started eight games. After only having 35 pass attempts in his rookie season, Manziel completed 129 passes in 223 attempts for 1500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in 2015. However while he was with the Browns, there were reports that Manziel spent time in Las Vegas during the NFL season while he was supposed to be injured with a concussion. The Browns released Manziel on March 11, 2016.
Last season Manziel was put through a series of physical and medical testing. It was determined that Manziel would not be allowed to sign with any team in the CFL in 2017, but would be in 2018.
Now it will be interesting to see what the Tiger-Cats decide to do at quarterback in 2018. For the last two months of the season, Jeremiah Masoli played very well and led the Tiger-Cats to a respectable 6-4 record after starting the year a miserable 0-8. The Tiger-Cats should not give the keys to Manziel and let him earn a job against Masoli in training camp.
It will be interesting to see what the Roughriders do as well. Collaros has a history with Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones. Collaros was in Toronto with the Argonauts when Jones was Toronto’s defensive co-ordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager in 2012 and 2013. It appears with Collaros joining Saskatchewan, that Kevin Glenn’s days as the starter in Saskatchewan may be over.
Don’t be surprised if the Edmonton Eskimos give Glenn an offer to backup Mike Reilly. The reason? He has been a part of every other team in the CFL. Why not the green and gold?