Former Argos' pivot Zach Collaros is headed to the Tiger-Cats.The CFL's Battle of Ontario just got a little more interesting, as a quarterback has crossed the lines. According to both a Canadian Press report and a piece from Drew Edwards of The Hamilton Spectator, former Toronto Argonauts pivot Zach Collaros has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Collaros did well in extended stints replacing Ricky Ray this past season and was set to become a free agent in February, but Toronto released him early to let him explore his options; now, he's signed with their biggest rival. Moreover, this signing likely means that Henry Burris is on his way out of Hamilton, and Matthew Scianitti of TSN reports that the Tiger-Cats have already released him. Burris had a tremendous season in 2013, topping the league with 4,925 passing yards, and he led the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup appearance, but he was also set for free agency in February, and there had been rumblings that Hamilton wasn't willing to pay big for a 38-year-old quarterback. The Collaros move thus could set off a chain reaction of events across the league, depending on where Burris winds up.
The most likely landing spot for Burris would appear to be the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who look like the team most in need of a proven quarterback. None of Winnipeg's younger guys have panned out yet, and while Burris might not have that many years left, he's arguably one of the league's best quarterbacks ever. Furthermore, the Bombers appear eager to turn things around quickly, and Burris would give them an excellent shot at that. They would still need to develop a younger guy as well, but given that they don't seem to have any capable starters at the moment, a move for Burris either in free agency or sooner if Hamilton cuts him before then could make a lot of sense. The Ottawa Redblacks could also take a look, but they have Kevin Glenn and Thomas DeMarco already, and while neither's necessarily a great option right now, that doesn't leave much room for Burris. Thus, Winnipeg's the most probable landing spot for him. It isn't the only one, though.Read More »from Hamilton signs Zach Collaros, releases Henry Burris, starts QB chain reaction