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The Rouge: Which team will Collaros sign with?

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
1/29/2014 1:48:19 PM
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With Wednesday's news of his release, Zach Collaros has become available to the highest bidder earlier than expected.

The Toronto Argonauts released the impressive sophomore quarterback a little more than two weeks before he was scheduled to hit the free agent market on February 15, perhaps sending teams interested in the 25-year-old's services into a mad dash to finalize their pitches.

There are a number of teams that could certainly use Collaros' talents in one capacity or another, but which team do you think will end up signing him?

The favourites, at least in the media, appear to be the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers have yet to do anything this off-season to upgrade their talent at the position after struggling through a 3-15 season in which four different quarterbacks saw game action. Max Hall emerged as the team's frontrunner at QB but it's unclear if new head coach Mike O'Shea is sold on the former NFLer.

And that of course, is another connection between the Bombers and Collaros. O'Shea should know Collaros' talents first-hand after serving as the Argonauts' special teams coordinator during the two years Collaros was with the team.

While the Bombers may be the favourites, they're likely not going to be the only team to make overtures to Collaros.

Contract talks between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Henry Burris have been awfully quiet leading up to the free agency deadline. They may be looking for a younger option for the team to grow with, if they aren't sold on Dan LeFevour or one of their other young options behind centre.

The Ottawa Redblacks have their quarterback of the present in Kevin Glenn, whom they acquired in last month's expansion draft, but could be interested in giving Thomas DeMarco some competition for the role of quarterback of the future.

And in Montreal, the Alouettes are faced with the unenviable task of replacing the face of their franchise, Anthony Calvillo. While Troy Smith's play late last season warranted him getting a longer look, the team may want more options for the daunting task of filling Calvillo's shoes.

A quarterback of Collaros' potential could be used by all nine teams in the league.

The Rouge asks: Which team will he end up with? As always, it's Your! Call.

Zach Collaros (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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