Structure of one-year agreement between Redblacks and Trevor Harris

Ottawa has brought back quarterback Trevor Harris for the 2018 season on a deal that will pay him in the $450,000 range in “hard money” with a six-figure signing bonus.

One of the main reasons for the one-year agreement is the uncertainty surrounding the collective bargaining agreement because of the CFL’s directive that states while players and clubs can enter into arrangements for the 2019 season, payment for the pre‐season bonuses cannot occur until a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the CFLPA and the league. The current CBA is set to expire on May 15, 2019.

Harris tied for the CFL lead in touchdown passes with 30 during the 2017 campaign and went 7-7-1 as the team’s starting pivot, guiding the Redblacks to a home playoff game. The 31-year-old was fourth in passing yards with 4,679. He put up 16 touchdowns and 3,301 passing yards in 12 games during the 2016 season, his first with Ottawa. That year he split duty with Henry Burris.

The Edinboro University product spent four seasons in Toronto where he developed into a quarterback with franchise potential. Harris started 17 games for Toronto and threw a league-leading 33 touchdowns to go along with 4,354 passing yards in 2015 while getting the Argos to the playoffs.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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25 Comments on Structure of one-year agreement between Redblacks and Trevor Harris

  1. If there are players who get this kind of money ( $450,000), there must be players working for the minimum wage considering the Cap

    • No, do the Math!!
      The Cap is $5 Million, if Harris earns $450k then Ottawa still has $4.5 MILLION to spend on 45 Players.
      That would be $100K per player if paid evenly, or they could pay half the players $200k a year and the other half $50 – hardly minimum wage for a part-time job

      • FL was part-time a long time ago. Now everyone is full time for the season at least. Careers in pro sports are also short-lived

      • You know the minimum wage is $54k (2018 value, which increases slightly year-to-year) in the CFL, right? It’s written into the collective bargaining agreement, Article 9.

    • I don’t know how you managed the math question to put up this post.

  2. WOW talk about, Overpaying!!!!!! almost 600k for Mr. I WiltunderpressurelikeBLM. Thank gawd the Riders have Jones and in him a guy that puts total team concept first. People can say what they want but KG will give us wins out of the gate combined with a KILLER D, that allows our young guns to continue to progress. In a 1 game takes all playoff structure 600k is way to much for 1 player!!!! Esp Harris who is NOT a runner , has an injury history and ZERO playoff wins—- again say what you will but KG has at least WON a playoff game!!!!

    • I read the article to mean that $100k signing bonus is part of the “hard” $450k range salary, not an add on and not $600k salary

      • I got your take, just reread article, hmmmmm, if your right and its 450k all in, well agreed that is inline with other starters and a good deal for Ottawa, just still confused by the wording—- if 450 k on contract and 100k signing– there is probably a couple other non disclosed performance bonus clauses — usualy standard in a pro contract ie bonus MVP/Allstar $$$ . So that is why I placed the contract value at 600k not 450k only the red blacks and harris know for sure I guess.

    • Typical Rider fan – if it’s not a Riders signing, they scream overpay. If Jones had managed to sign Harris for the same deal, they’d call it a bargain.

      • NOPE , I would say any qb at 600k in the clf is overpaid Riders included (IMO), given his history Jones isn’t going to do that unless we go back in a time machine and find a 24 year old Joe Montanta or Steve Young (clone them and Change the clones passport nation and sign the clone as a Rider ) , barring that , mehhh Jones aint a paying 600k for a qb.

  3. TigersCoach // December 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm //

    Not only is it $450k, but the $100k signing bonus will count against the 2017 season if paid before December 31 meaning only $350k counts against the 2018 salary cap putting the RBs in great shape versus the rest of the league in terms of salary cap hit for the starting QB. The timing of this likely means that they had unused cap space in 2017.

    • I think you’re exactly right. Harris gets $100k now, the balance spread over the 18 game 2018 season. Players are paid after each game. This deal is absolutely fair & equitable for a CFL quarterback of his stature. Both sides win.

    • Kewl thanks for laying it out again , obviously I miss read /understood how the contract was structured, agreed that is a great deal for Ottawa good for them and GL to Harris in the 2018 season.

      • I read it your way initially too. It’s poorly written. “With” can be interpreted as “in addition to” or “including” in that sentence.

        It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they gave $100,000+ as a signing bonus if it’s going to count in 2017. Still a lot to pay for the guy but at least it’s managed.

  4. A lot of $$$ for a team with a 5.1 mil cap. Close to or more than 10% of that cap tied into one player. Many other guys will play for 50K due to this. Does not seem fair but that is how the system works in all pro sports.

    • No, the Cap is $5.1 MILLION, after him there would be $4.6 Million left among the remaining 45 players.
      That’s $100k per player average – hardly minimum wage for a part time job.

  5. I think most teams, if they have a bonafide QB starter, are paying them in the $450K range. The backup would be around $150K to a high of $200K. I think RB got a decent deal, good for both sides. They probably pay their backup $200K. Its a big percentage of the cap but not unreasonable in a league where the QB is essential for success.

  6. Green Hornet // December 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm //

    I guess Joe’s team never incurs any injuries, likes to roll one player short of the 46 man roster and never keeps practice roster players around. They just pick 45 players and roll unscathed through the whole season and playoffs. I’d love to see that team.

    • Players salary don’t count regsrding CAP if on the 6 gamer !!! Not a criticism of you just saying $$$ during injury is trickey!!! ergo why you see some teams being able to bring in more or less players in as season progresses and they get banged up!!! 6 game injury list is huge regarding cap determination.

  7. I’ve watched Harris’ career carefully….good character guy, amazing stats combined with a tendency to inexplicably fold as the games, plays and moments become pressure-filled….happened in Toronto, happened in Ottawa….half a million per year for a QB past 30, who has yet to win a playoff game is a head-scratcher

    • As a life long sask rider fan , I Am fearful Harris just might have a BAD case of Lancaster disease, wonderful regular season QB, but plays just well enough to break your heart with a bad playb her eor their in THE BIG game—crea see Ronnies 1 cup in 7 or 8 trips !!!! 1976 being the biggest FAIL by far, hardly could get a 1st down in the WHOLE 1st quarter !! Could of pu t the game away with 1 st down , on the drive prior to the Gabreil CATCH drive !!!! god rest ronnies soul !!!!

    • That is my one concern with the guy. It’s not even pressure, it’s the longer the season is, the lower the quality of play. When you look at game-per-game stats for his seasons, the difference jumps out at you. Maybe as he starts getting banged up and his supporting case deteriorates a bit, it affect him more than others.

  8. Ronnie was a choke?

  9. Edward Leslie // December 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm //

    Most starting QBs are in the $300,000-$500,000 range in the CFL. It’s the most important position, so it pays the most. With a salary cap of $5.2 million,it’constitutes close to 5-10% of the team’s budget. Fair. The minimum wage, as was pointed out, is about $54,000, and goes up $1,000 per season. Obviously small potatoes by other leagues standards, but not bad for one game a week as a backup most likely for less than five months.

  10. RalphInTheCreek // December 16, 2017 at 7:25 am //

    QB Harris to workout for the RodBlacks.

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