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Argonauts Release Zach Collaros

TORONTO -- Zach Collaros’ days as a Toronto Argonaut are officially over.

Wednesday, the team announced that the upstart quarterback has been released, as he enters free agency early.  Collaros, 25, was slated to become a free agent on Feb. 15.

The news comes less than a week after Argos general manager Jim Barker indicated that it was likely Collaros would test the market. Barker said he tried re-signing Collaros and remains very interested in having Collaros back with the club. But by releasing him now Barker hopes to gain clarity on Collaros' situation by Feb. 15 rather than having to deal with that uncertainty once free agency begins.

"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,'' Barker told the Canadian Press.

"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. That's more difficult than dealing with having other teams talk to him," he added.

In 14 games last season, seven of which he started, Collaros threw for an impressive 2,316 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing 66.2 per cent of his passes in the process.

His best game through the air came in Week 13 against Calgary, when he threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Boatmen to a 33-27 win.

Collaros also proved to be effective on the ground, rushing 59 times for 246 yards and five touchdowns.

The former Cincinnati Bearcat won five of seven contests while Ricky Ray recovered from a shoulder injury.

Barker was also clear he still wants to re-sign Collaros.

"We've been trying to sign him and obviously he wants to go to free agency, which is totally his right,'' Barker said. "We're not going to pull out.''

With Collaros now out of the picture, expect Trevor Harris, Josh Portis and Mitchell Gale to compete for the backup spot.

"People forget Zach got the start (when Ray was hurt) but it was neck-and-neck with him and Trevor,'' Barker said. "Zach made the most of it and kudos to him for doing that.

"Trevor Harris has been with us now for a couple of years, he's got a tremendous upside and both Mitchell Gale and Josh Portis have a year in the system, they understand the reads, they understand what it takes to be a quarterback in this offence. I think there's going to be great competition to be our No. 2 and No. 3 should Zach choose to go somewhere else.''
With files from The Canadian Press

Fan Comments
And why wouldn't Austin also be in interested in Collaros, if the price was right. Collaros would be a upgrade over LeFevour!!
January 29, 2014 - 6:22pm
Why would he want to go to Winnipeg? I'd bet Hamilton will have interest and be more alluring.
January 29, 2014 - 5:56pm
Let the Collaros sweepstakes begin!
January 29, 2014 - 12:26pm
small town argo
I believe he has an contract lined up south of the border. Probably nothing more then a training camp deal but nonetheless. Why else would the Argos cut him a few weeks before free agency starts and not try and get anything for him.
January 29, 2014 - 12:19pm
als rule
@STA: no south of the border!! argos let him go since he has made it clear he won't sign with toronto again!!
January 29, 2014 - 1:25pm
I also heard that there could be some NFL interest which ZC will be sure to check out (if true) before signing anywhere in the CFL.
January 29, 2014 - 4:33pm
als rule
@TFmcb: you honestly think ZC is NFL material?!! that's really funny LOL LOL LOL!!
January 29, 2014 - 6:25pm
Collaros going to Hamilton, Ottawa REDBLACKS (Glenn trade to Winnipeg).
January 29, 2014 - 11:51am
als rule
@BM: WHAT? funny post!!
January 29, 2014 - 1:23pm
As hard as it is for me to admit, I really like how the Argos handle players with aspirations outside of TO.
January 29, 2014 - 11:34am
als rule
@LB: toronto is no different then any other CFL team in that regard!!
January 29, 2014 - 1:34pm
TO releases guys early if they want to go to the NFL, now they're giving Collaros a head-start on free agency because they know he's not going to re-sign with them. Not quite how the Ticats handled Chris Williams!
January 30, 2014 - 7:55am
als rule
@LB: get your info correct 1st!! sorry TO is not above any other team!! ZC is a FA while williams refused to honour the balance of his contract with hamilton!! williams later won his freedom from hamilton in court!! which are 2 very different situations!!
January 30, 2014 - 7:09pm
als rule
no question now!! as he's on his way to winnipeg!! happy now HC O'Shea?!!
January 29, 2014 - 10:08am
not to take anything away from the man, he does have a future, but, lets not forget he was guiding a grey cup squad. things will be different in winnipeg?
January 29, 2014 - 10:08am
als rule
@W: last year? NO GC team!!
January 29, 2014 - 1:29pm
they were defending champs right up until the hamtown de came up with their best half of the season
January 29, 2014 - 5:17pm
als rule
W: what utter nonsense!!
January 29, 2014 - 11:24pm
Your starting quarterback in Winnipeg next season
January 29, 2014 - 10:07am