Tiger-Cats sign free-agent quarterback Zach Collaros
Ex-Argo posted 5-2 record as starter last season
Zach Collaros wasn't a free agent for long.
Less than a day after being released by the Toronto Argonauts, a Canadian Football League source requesting anonymity says the 25-year-old quarterback has agreed to terms with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Hamilton and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the two leading suitors for Collaros, who posted a 5-2 record last season as a starter subbing for the injured Ricky Ray.
The six-foot-two, 216-pound Collaros completed 190 of 287 passes (66.2 per cent) for 2,316 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.
He also ran 59 times for 246 yards and five touchdowns and was scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 15.
The signing of Collaros ends veteran Henry Burris's time in Hamilton.
Burris guided Hamilton to a Grey Cup berth last season and is slated to become a free agent next month but the expectation is the Ticats will release him before the February deadline.
Burris is expected to garner a lot of attention from the Bombers, who used three different starters last season in posting a league-worst 3-15 record.
Collaros will join a Hamilton squad with youngsters Dan LeFevour and Jeremiah Massoli along with former NFLers Brian Brohm and Stephen McGee under contract.
Argo head coach Jim Barker said he tried re-signing Collaros.
"What's difficult is when you have a player who isn't sure how much he might be able to get on the open market," Barker said. "That's more difficult than dealing with having other teams talk to him.
"This has nothing to do with our relationship with Zach, we have a great relationship. He can now go and do the things he has to do to see where things are at and it will give us a little more clarity."