The Toronto Argonauts appear destined to lose Zach Collaros this winter; not exactly breaking news.
Filling in for the injured Ricky Ray this year, the 25-year-old proved he's deserving of a starting gig somewhere in the league after throwing for 2,316 yards with 14 touchdowns to six interceptions and a 66 percent completion rate. Not to be left out, his penchant for dramatic come-from-behind wins.
A starting gig isn't going to happen in Toronto with the aforementioned Ray, who had a pretty outstanding season himself, still firmly entrenched behind centre with the Double Blue.
Whether it happens in the Expansion Draft in mid-December or a couple months later in free agency, Collaros is likely to leave Toronto for a starting opportunity in 2014.
But can the Argos be proactive and get something for their promising backup QB?
The Redblacks are likely leery of selecting a player in the expansion draft who could just leave two months later as a free agent, but if they are confident they can reach a deal with Collaros, selecting him would give them a two-month head start in negotiations over other QB-needy teams.
Conversely, if one of those QB-needy teams is convinced Ottawa will take a chance on Collaros and hammer out a deal, they may want to jump the gun and acquire the two-year CFLer to give themselves first crack in contract negotiations.
The Argos of course would get the most value for Collaros if they signed him to an extension first before offering him up to the highest bidder. That is of course making the perhaps foolish assumption Collaros would sign an extension with Toronto, effectively losing his choice of potential suitors.
The Rouge asks: Can the Argonauts get something for Zach Collaros before losing him for nothing?