Trevor Harris returns to Ottawa for the 2018 season after signing his one-year pact.
The reason for the short term surrounds the collective bargaining agreement which expires in May 15, 2019.
“Since the CBA is running out there’s an unknown sort of thing, but I will say that as soon as the CBA is done I’m very, very confident that I’ll be back in Ottawa for much longer as long as the desire is there on their end. That just has everything to do with the unknown of the CBA,” Harris told TSN 1200 in Ottawa. “That has nothing to do with myself trying to jump ship or leave, that has everything to do with the unknowns of the CBA.
During contract negotiations, a longer deal was “talked about a lot” but the CBA stood in the way. Besides that Harris felt discussions were “pretty easy”.
“I wanted to be back, they wanted me to be back. We pretty much settled on a number that we started at last off-season and in the middle of the season when we just kind of decided to hold it off. So it was a pretty easy deal. Obviously, the main reason I wanted to come back is I came to Ottawa to be the starting quarterback of a team that won the Grey Cup and hopefully multiple times. So the fact that we didn’t get that done, not that it made me want to comeback more than I would’ve if we would’ve won the Grey Cup, but I’ve got some unfinished business. There was a very strong desire to be back.”
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 made around $400,000 in 2017 and got a bump to the $450,000 range for 2018, elite quarterback money in the CFL.
“This year was a big year for myself in terms of a lot of learning. I came into this year thinking I knew a lot of what it took to be a franchise quarterback, to be a starting quarterback because I had done it so many times, but this year I learned so much because it was such a different role, it was such a different feeling being the starting quarterback coming in from day one. I had a lot of growing pains that I came in and learned.”