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Feb 4, 2022

CFL QB Market Tracker

TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor runs down the contract situations for all of the CFL's quarterbacks and what the market looks like for free agents looking for a new home.

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TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor runs down the contract situations for all of the CFL's  quarterbacks and what the market looks like for free agents looking for a new home.

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB Jeremiah Masoli, the most desirable quarterback on the CFL free agent market, has officially joined the Ottawa Redblacks on a two-year contract.

Zach Collaros
Zach Collaros

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    33
  • 2022 Salary
    $550,000
  • Passing Yards
    3,185
  • Touchdowns
    20
  • Interceptions
    6
The reigning league Most Outstanding Player and Grey Cup MVP re-signed with a one-year deal in late January that makes him the league’s highest-paid player.
Cody Fajardo
Cody Fajardo

Saskatchewan Roughriders

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    29
  • 2022 Salary
    $467,000
  • Passing Yards
    2,970
  • Touchdowns
    14
  • Interceptions
    11

Fajardo restructured his contract in January, taking a reduced salary but larger signing bonus. His play in 2021 didn’t match his 2019 season in which he was the West Division nominee for MOP.

 

Fajardo can make $487,000 with playtime incentives. 

Jeremiah Masoli
Jeremiah Masoli

Ottawa Redblacks

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    33
  • 2022 Salary
    $432,000
  • Passing Yards
    2,445
  • Touchdowns
    10
  • Interceptions
    6

Masoli played in 15 of 17 regular season and playoff games for Hamilton in 2021, sharing time with Dane Evans, after his 2019 season was cut short due to an ACL tear. Has played eight seasons with Hamilton and is entering the free agent market for the first time in his career.

 

UPDATE: The Ottawa Redblacks signed Jeremiah Masoli to a two-year contract. TSN's Farhan Lalji reports that his salary will break down as follows:

 

2022: 432k hard, 18k playtime, 8k incentives (includes 200k signing bonus).

2023: 482k hard, 18k playtime, 8k incentives.

 

Masoli's contract, in terms of hard money, makes him the third-high paid player in the CFL. His $200,000 highest signing bonus is the highest in the CFL.

Vernon Adams Jr.
Vernon Adams Jr.

Montreal Alouettes

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    29
  • 2022 Salary
    $445,000
  • Passing Yards
    1,949
  • Touchdowns
    14
  • Interceptions
    9
Adams signed a two-year extension in December, following a season in which he missed the final six game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.
Bo Levi Mitchell
Bo Levi Mitchell

Calgary Stampeders

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    31
  • 2022 Salary
    $425,000
  • Passing Yards
    2,594
  • Touchdowns
    10
  • Interceptions
    13

Injuries have taken their toll on Mitchell the past two seasons, missing time and affecting performance. His 2022 contract has been restructured in January to reflect that.

 

Mitchell can make up to $485,000 with playtime incentives. 

Hamilton Tiger Cats quarterback Dane Evans
Dane Evans

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    28
  • 2022 Salary
    $417,000
  • Passing Yards
    787
  • Touchdowns
    6
  • Interceptions
    3

Evans led Hamilton to the 2019 Grey Cup game after Jermemiah Masoli’s ACL tear ended his season in August. In 2021, he mostly backed-up Masoli but came on in relief to rally Hamilton to a win in Eastern Final and started the Grey Cup game. Signed a 2-year extension with Hamilton in December.

 

Evans can earn $450,000 with playtime incentives. 

 McLeod Bethel-Thompson
McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Toronto Argonauts

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    33
  • 2022 Salary
    $400,000
  • Passing Yards
    2,303
  • Touchdowns
    12
  • Interceptions
    11
Became Toronto’s full-time starter midway through the 2021 season, his fourth season with the Argos. Helped lead them to first place in the East Division.
Nick Arbuckle
Nick Arbuckle

Edmonton Elks

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    28
  • 2022 Salary
    $340,000
  • Passing Yards
    1,158
  • Touchdowns
    5
  • Interceptions
    6
Lost the starter’s role in Toronto in 2021 and traded to Edmonton where he signed a one-year extension in October with former Elks GM Brock Sunderland.
Trevor Harris
Trevor Harris

Montreal Alouettes

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    35
  • 2022 Salary
    $125,000
  • Passing Yards
    2,271
  • Touchdowns
    14
  • Interceptions
    7

Harris was traded to Montreal in October, ending his 1&1/2 seasons as the starting quarterback in Edmonton. He was released by the Als in December before a large off-season bonus was due, then re-signed in February as a backup to Vernon Adams Jr.  

 

According to TSN's Farhan Lalji, Harris' playtime incentive could push his salary over $200,000.

Matthew Shiltz
Matthew Shiltz

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    29
  • 2022 Salary
    $125,000
  • Passing Yards
    760
  • Touchdowns
    3
  • Interceptions
    11

Schiltz played more in 2021 than in any of his previous three seasons in Montreal, starting 3 games after Vernon Adams was injured.

 

UPDATE: Shiltz has officially signed a one-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats worth $125,000. 

Jake Maier
Jake Maier

Calgary Stampeders

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    24
  • 2022 Salary
    $120,000
  • Passing Yards
    1,211
  • Touchdowns
    9
  • Interceptions
    3

In his rookie season, Maier became the first CFL quarterback ever to achieve 300+yards passing in each of his first three starts. Re-signed with Calgary to be the backup to Bo Levi Mitchell in 2022.

 

Maier can earn $180,000 with playtime incentives.

Devlin Hodges
Devlin "Duck" Hodges

Ottawa Redblacks

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    25
  • 2022 Salary
    $95,000
  • Passing Yards
    139
  • Touchdowns
    0
  • Interceptions
    1

Hodges arrived midway through the 2021 season following six starts with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Started one game for Ottawa in 2021.

 

Hodges can earn $126,000 with playtime incentives.

Dominique Davis
Dominique Davis

Montreal Alouettes

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    32
  • 2022 Salary
    $92,000
  • Passing Yards
    674
  • Touchdowns
    3
  • Interceptions
    4

Davis is entering his sevenths CFL season, having shared the starting role in each of the past two seasons in Ottawa. He agreed to terms with Montreal in early February as a backup to Vernon Adams Jr.

 

Davis can earn $163,000 with playtime incentives. 

Antonio Pipkin
Antonio Pipkin

Toronto Argonauts

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    26
  • 2022 Salary
    $80,000
  • Passing Yards
    158
  • Touchdowns
    1
  • Interceptions
    0

Has had playtime in each of his 4 CFL seasons. His only start for Toronto in 2021 came after the Argonauts had clinched first place.

 

Pipkin can earn $116,000 with playtime incentives.

Nathan Rourke
Nathan Rourke

BC Lions

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    23
  • 2022 Salary
    $71,000
  • Passing Yards
    754
  • Touchdowns
    3
  • Interceptions
    5

Rourke will have every chance to take the starting job from the recently retired Michael Reilly. Still on his rookie contract, he gives the Lions lots of financial flexibility. Started the first and last games of the 2021 season for B.C.

 

Rourke can earn $79,000 with playtime incentives.

Caleb Evans
Caleb Evans

Ottawa Redblacks

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    23
  • 2022 Salary
    $65,000
  • Passing Yards
    1,279
  • Touchdowns
    5
  • Interceptions
    9

Evans became Ottawa’s primary quarterback during his rookie CFL season, due to injuries ahead of him. Led Ottawa to two of its three victories in 2021.

 

Evans can earn $71,000 with playtime incentives.

Taylor Cornelius
Taylor Cornelius

Edmonton Elks

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    26
  • 2022 Salary
    $65,000
  • Passing Yards
    1,795
  • Touchdowns
    9
  • Interceptions
    13
Cornelius took over as Edmonton’s starting quarterback in October as a CFL rookie, and held the job after Trevor Harris was traded. The Elks had a 1-7 record in games that he started.
David Watford
David Watford

Free Agent

2021 Statistics

  • Age
    28
  • 2022 Salary
    N/A
  • Passing Yards
    342
  • Touchdowns
    1
  • Interceptions
    0

Watford started two games for Hamilton in 2021, both victories, after injuries to Jeremiah Masoli and Dane Evans.