Riders and Canadian QB Brandon Bridge agree to contract extension

Quarterback Brandon Bridge and the Riders have agreed to terms on a one-year extension through the 2018 season, per sources.

Bridge worked out for the New York Giants on Tuesday but did not sign a contract.

After signing with the Riders in August of last year, the Mississauga-born Bridge has shown intriguing potential, especially in 2017. Bridge started in Week 13 for the Riders in Hamilton and guided the team to a victory with 231 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks later, he came off the bench to lead a comeback win against Toronto, finishing 20-of-28 for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, Bridge passed for 1,236 yards with a 66.6 completion percentage (92-of-138) and 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions while adding 20 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He sparked the Riders offence in the East Final, completing 11-of-21 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown in the team’s defeat. The TD toss was the first by a Canadian in a post-season game since Russ Jackson in the 1969 Grey Cup.

Bridge was originally drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 2015. That same year he attended Dallas Cowboys rookie mini-camp but was not signed.

A pending free agent in February, Bridge had been in contract negotiations with the Riders since the end of the season. Saskatchewan’s head coach and general manager Chris Jones knows the Canadian signal caller’s talents well.

“He brings a lot of really big intangibles to the position,” Jones said. “He’s a dynamic young player.”

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46 Comments on Riders and Canadian QB Brandon Bridge agree to contract extension

  1. riderontheisland // December 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm //

    Well that should put things to rest for a while. Cant wait to see him grow into a quality starter because there is still some growth needed. He resembles DD in the early years when he throws some desperate passes that he should hold on a take a sack or throw away.

  2. Paul Bomber // December 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

    One year deal? Is that because he figures he’s going to get more shots at the NoFunLeague?

    • Same as Trevor Harris. Was said the reason was the CBA between players and league expires before the start of 2019 season.

      Also Bridge could potentially be counted as a Cdn. starter in 2018 or more likely, after new CBA in 2019 so that would increase his market value.

      • The best thing the league could do would be to count a QB as a starter but at the same time REDUCE the Canadian ratio.
        Teams are having problems filling the Canadian positions. They could do a tradeoff – we will count the QB against the ration BUT we will reduce the number of Canadian starters on offence and defence by two.
        It would be good for teams and it would give us fans a break too. I want to see better players at some of these positions, not Canadians that out there because they have to fill positions because of a ratio

        • That would make too much sense.
          I would like to see more import “O” linemen giving protection to our QBs and making holes.
          Would also like to see another import receiver out there. Outside of Sinopoli in Ottawa there are not too many great Canadian receivers.

        • Stampede christmas // December 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm //

          Fred
          If you have a Canadian starting QB and you reduce the number of Canadians of offense and defense by 2 what happens if the QB is benched or hurt? The team would suddenly be scrambling to refill these spots with Canadians starters when they may no longer have starting caliber Canadians at these spots.
          Secondly, I don’t understand the concept of this Canadian reduction. Canadian teams must start a minimum of 7 Canadians, no quota exists on how many have to be on the O or the D. What if I only start 1 on D? How do I reduce my Canadians starters by 2?

    • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm //

      I ‘ve said it before & I’ll say it again. Brandon Bridge is not going to get offers in the NFL. He didn’t sign a contract because he wasn’t offered one. Does anyone really think otherwise? On the positive side, it’s a good deal for Bridge. He, like a lot of players, will be signing one year deals because the collective bargaining agreement expires next year. The CAP is going to go up quite a bit IMO for a number of reasons. Firstly, the CFL can’t cry that they have no money for players when you have coaches getting the kind of money Jones is getting & having staffs of a dozen or more assistant coaches. The Riders are the perfect example. Though Jones gets paid for VP of Football Ops, the groundwork is done by 2 highly paid Asst VP’s of Football Ops in Murphy & O’Day. Add the Riders substantial scouting operation with all the above & the players might well wonder why their salaries are cut back, not guaranteed, yet everybody else’s contracts have to be honoured. Signing a guy like Durant, for instance, to 3 years means nothing if they release him after one. You still have to pay the duration of Football Ops guys if you get rid of them. Secondly, with MLSE on board there is talk of Sportsnet getting in on the TV action with TSN. There is also the NFL network interested in televising CFL games for the football crazy USA. The MLSE deal is especially noteworthy because they can piggyback Argo sales with their other entities & are very media savvy. This is good for the CFL all around. So, to summarize, it is extremely likely that the CFLPA is going to want a much bigger piece of the pie, & rightfully so. If Bridge has a good year, he has a chance to make substantially better money. IF the CAP does go up, good QB’s will likely be the primary beneficiaries.

      • What does your comment about MLSE have to do with this??
        Don’t understand your comment about the Argo’s piggybacking on “other entitities” ??

        The Argos lost $10 MILLION last season, MLSE will not put up with losses like that again. Tannebaum has convinced MLSE to invest but I have heard that if they don’t sustantially increase ticket sales in the off season they could be folded.

        • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm //

          As recent as Dec 8 this year an article in the Star alluded to it. Raptors have attended Toronto FC games & supported them through their run. Their is a strong relationship forged through MLSE between the franchises they own. They certainly can promote the Argos by having high profile athletes from their other entities show up to the games. TO is all about star power. Remember when Gretzky & Candy owned the team?
          As far as losses go, I’m not going to try to dig up every article for these things. You can surf the internet as well as I can. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If Toronto were ever to get an NFL franchise, the NFL has said in the past that it could not happen if it was to force the Argos out of the CFL. The NFL has a good reason to keep the CFL going, lent them much needed money in the past as well. So when TO had looked at a bid going back 10 years ago, it would have meant buying the Argos as well & keeping them afloat. Lots of items out there suggested that the NFL would be back in LA with 1 or possibly 2 teams at the time – which of course came to pass. But Toronto is the 4th (or 5th – Chicago is close) largest city if it was in the US. So should an expansion come about, one of the barriers to expanding would be removed.

      • Where did you hear that “there is talk about the NFL network wanting to televise the CFL” ??
        they did a couple of years ago but then ESPN2 took over.
        ESPN2 televised LESS CFL games this year, there were only around 2 games televised after August.
        They televised the East/West final and the Grey Cup.
        I assume they televised less games due to the lack of interest in the CFL when the NFL season begins.
        They televise the June/July games because there are no college or NFL games at that time.

        As someone suggested above if you count Bridge then REDUCE the Canadian ratio.
        The ARgos lost $10 MILLION last year, forget increasing the cap !!

        • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm //

          Go to profootballtalk.nbcsports.com & there is an article titled “CFL could alter schedule to accommodate NFLN deal”. I have seen it mentioned by Ambrosie before in another spot & Ambrosie is quoted in this article. If we’re talking about starting the season sooner, that fits right in with the NFL network. Read it for yourself.

  3. Nice to see a Canadian with his talent stay in the CFL. Good move for Riders and good move for Brandon. Keep it clean posters.

    • He’s staying in the CFL because NFL teams have given him a negative review. Just looking at the “cons” after his camp review – “strong arm but not an accurate passer”
      Hopefully, he will improve his play in the CFL and correct his weaknesses before he makes another attempt at the NFL.
      I can see him spending a couple of more years as a backup, he is only 25. The worst thing is to rush a QB like Bridge, everyone is expecting him to be the next Russ Jackson.

  4. Rider Girl // December 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm //

    Thank GOD and Santa and his elves

  5. BigRedMachine // December 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm //

    Good signing. Look forward to watching his further development.

  6. One year deal is gonna be what most players sign…, there’s probably a half dozen layers to sign a one year deal this off season already… since the cfl players association agreement is up at seasons end… which holds a lot of unknowns, I read an article a week or two back stating the cfl is trying to prevent any more signing bonuses already… will be interesting to see how the bargaining goes on through the year with the cfl and the cflpa….

  7. Trevor Harris stayted that’s why he only signed a year already and it’s gonna be the norm this off season, don’t think it has much to do with his nfl dream.

  8. Only one year but I’ll take it! Has anyone heard the rumour that Ricky Ray has signed a new contract? IF that’s true that might mean that Franklin could come our way as well. That would set up a battle between the two to see who will be our QB of the future. Love it! Here’s hoping that happens.

    • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

      GIve it up RFD. Franklin is not going to Regina. Who would you rather battle, if you have to, for starter – 38 year old Ray, or Bridge, Adams & Wiliams? Plus he has a noted QB “whisperer”, if you like, in Trestman. Popp was already looking for a younger QB part way through Ray’s MOP season, thus the gigantic offer for Collaros. Franklin will be assured of a good chance to start & Ray will come with the knowledge his starting job is not assured. You can’t say that publicly especially of someone who just won you the Cup. But MLSE knows they have to sell someone to the younger generation & Franklin is the guy. Also, the CFL wants to see a guy like Franklin in TO, NOT Regina. No conspiracy as Rod might believe, just fact. TSN, TO AND the CFL need Franklin in TO. Plus it’s been reported twice now by CFL insiders, the relationship with Franklin & Jones was NOT positive. There never has been anything said by Frankin about working with Jones or even a comment that he enjoyed playing for him, whereas he has publicly stated he has learned more from Maas in his 2 years than any other coach he ever had. Regina makes no sense on so many levels.

      • Ray is a HOFer who passed for over 5000 yards last year. If he re-signs the job is his. There won’t be a competition. And if he does re-sign look for Franklin to be reunited with Jones in Sask.

        • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm //

          Read the tea leaves my friend. If you go back to some of my other “predictions” I said Bridge would sign with Riders because he had no other place to go except Mtl & he wasn’t going there. I will give you 2 other “predictions”. You can save it if you want to humiliate me later, but you won’t. I’ll restate another thing I said. Bridge can ONLY start in Regina &, if he does, he won’t be starting by the 2nd half. He’s overrated & I base this on his college record & “adjusted QB rating” which takes into account “INT’s dropped by defenders which should have been caught”, which reduces his rating, & “INT’s caught which are not the QB’s fault”, which ups the rating. Bridge is BY FAR the worst in this adjusted rating. As for Duron Carter, he WON’T make it in the NFL. Riders probably WILL sign him because that is where he wants to go, but I’m not so sure the coaches want him. You can mark that down too. So lastly, you keep saying Franklin will sign in Regina. I’ve given you a number of reasons why not. Give me one outside of your belief, despite sources such as Lalji, who I assume has more inside info than you have, saying otherwise. Why don’t you provide a reference outside of you saying it is so? I’d be happy to check it out.

  9. Gene Upshawed // December 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm //

    LOL. Where’s that clown who had the Riders trading for $500K Zach Collaros?

    • Same CLOWN , that wrote this article I believe , Althought Jones has said on web sight , they have agreements in place with several players, nothing OFFICAL has been posted on their web sight. AS you know DUNK is reporting now that Bridge has been signed but he also said weeks ago Willie J. signed, so till I see it on the rider WEB SIGHt I wont take anything as certain. Don’t get me wrong I am hoping Dunks rumor mongering in these cases is true but journalists here are very much lacking professionalism and credibility!! For example refer to the saga of the Coach hiring in Montreal , just a lot of dribble with little fact till today!

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // December 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

      You never know, he may end up in Sask after Hamilton cuts him. But Jones won’t trade for the contract the way it is now.

      • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 9:01 pm //

        Logically why would Collaros sign for a lesser salary in Regina if he wants to stay in the East? He could just dig in his heels on his contract & a team has to pay him or release him. Then he gets to sign where he wants. Yes it would be for a lower salary but that will happen either way. I think there is a good chance Jones would be interested but Collaros holds the cards.

      • “Our philosophy last year was to stack the offence with as many good players as we could because we didn’t know who our quarterback was going to be. Then we had two (QBs) play very good football and, economically, we had five quarterbacks make under $500,000.” This was Chris Jones comment posted on the Rider web sight , from his press conference regarding the last season . Given this structure and Brandons NEW contract , it would be highly unlikely Colaros would be Regina bound unless playing for significantly less then 500k , — as in 200k or less, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN !!!

  10. Ivan Diablo // December 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm //

    damn ! he look so good in an argos uniform !

  11. Great news! Here’s to further development and success! Rider on!

  12. When Brandon plays to his full potential , consistently , our Riders will make STACKS Of Cash of their genius marketing of him after he signs a LONG TERM contract , with the franchise that saw the potential of him and signed him for NOTHING -0 draft choices /players traded as MTL cast him off. So a potential Franchise qb, that in the future could be a CDN player ratio advantage fo AGAIN free regarding roster transactions, well Chris Jones haters tell us again why CHIS sucks as A GM lol, lol,lol. Man Montreal fans make sure to send Popp in Toronto your best wishes for the Holidays , after giving away your best shot at a future quality QB for FREE,and maybe cc Kavis as well for giving us Adams – for a 4th round pick as well, lol , lol . Bring it haters I can feel oyur hatred about to burst and I can SMELL the FEAR !!!! leaking out of calgary as we speak !!!!! Riders probably just resigned their NEXT STUMP killer !!!!!!! HAVE fun wathing Riely and Bridge , leave cleat marks up and down your pathetic defenders faces as they run them ragged !!!!! and as we watch that classless /talentless STATUE better known as BLM get tossed around like a used RAG doll !!!!!!!! next season.

    • BigRedMachine // December 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm //

      Your obsession with Calgary rivals only Donkey’s obsession with Regina. If anybody spewed such crap about any Rider player you would be all over them like flies to manure. Like the Donkey, you don’t do your fellow fans any favours.

      • Agreed but as sighted above , all comments are at worst balanced until parts of the Stampeder fan base being to show up!!! SO if a fan base wants to being something I for one will end them !!! IF GIVEN THE CHANCE !!! Again when a sight ALLOWES a writer LIKE that piece of trach ///excuse for a human Ballantyne to spew forth his crap!!! then I WILL TRAH talk the STUMP ERDERS and all their supporters NON stop !!! Say what you will be as of yet I have not seen a alleged Rider supporter take to printing a public form just ot TRASH another teams personel decisions etc. Reporting , is supposed to be BALANCED not HATEFUL!!!! on a non partisan public form , !!!! Agreed present both sides fine , but being a jaskass one way or the other as a REPORTER is just nonsence !!!!! and unprofessional no matter how the writer tries to justifiy their position!!!!! ie I’m am just a blogger etc, then freaking keep your opinion to your hateful blog !!!!!! or pod cast or what ever pile of crap you live in !!!!

        • BigRedMachine // December 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm //

          You’re not ending them, you’re escalating them. Big difference. You have also spread your Stampeders hate long before Ryan’s article so that is a pretty lame excuse. As for his article, I truly wish he would not have written it and have told him so on another web site. I also disagreed with his premise and stated it on Joel’s article in response. The name calling and other assorted put downs does nothing to enhance anyone’s opinion. Just my 2 cents…

        • Well!!! i dont KNOW,seems to me YOU /// could be a lot more EFFECTIVE !!!!! if you got your POINT across $$$$ INSTEAD of rambling @@@@@ on Like an IDIOT.!!!

          • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm //

            Copy that.

          • justforkicks // December 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm //

            Amen to you T-bolt and Big Red. Looks more and more like we have our very own version of Horsey.
            Time to clean it up and stick to sports facts. I can handle a rib or two but lets be sports.

    • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm //

      Bridge is a good signing. There’s a decent chance he’ll be able to take you to 4th in the West again with a little more develpment.

  13. Say it ain’t so. Do you mean that he ran out of stones to turn over? Gloom and despair.

  14. Awesome signing for the rest of the league ,it gauruntees the sliders will finish 4th or 5th for one more year at least .

    • BigRedMachine // December 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm //

      This post does nothing but antagonize. Due to his non import status, I “gauruntee” most CFL fans are cheering that Bridge does well.

  15. Good news. Bridge does need to improve his passing and consistency. He throws a lot off his back foot because of his arm strength. But he and the staff know this. He did make some very nice passes last season. It’s a bridge contract. CJ always said Glenn was his starter. This season that will not be the case even if Glenn starts week one. If we have most our young defence back and get much improved play from the O line I like our chances as much as anyone’s.

  16. Sometimes a big fly lands in the ointment. Messes it up real good. Chris Jones, as many speculated, would sign James Franklin. After all they had a relationship, they were close. Made sense to me and to a lot of people. But it hasn’t happened. Do you think that Chris Jones was prepared to go into his 3rd season in charge of the Riders with the pressure on and no quarterback in sight. Guess again. Bridge right now is a gamble. Kevin Glen is a gamble. The Jones experiment depended completely on his signing James Franklin, and now all is lost.

    • BigRedMachine // December 20, 2017 at 11:48 pm //

      I could see Jones going into 2018 with the status quo on the qb situation with Bridge getting more reps as the season goes on. Gives Bridge further reps to see if he progresses with Glenn ready to step in if he falters. Don’t think that is a bad plan at all.

  17. Good move by the Riders and Bridge. I expect him to be the starter for them in 2018 and go to the next level.

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