January 30, 2014

Changes in Steeltown: Ticats sign Collaros, release Burris

Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

CFL.ca Staff

HAMILTON — Zach Collaros didn’t have to look very far to find his new CFL home.

Just one day after being released by the Toronto Argonauts, Collaros has found himself a new home in the CFL, signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team announced Thursday.

“Zach is a very talented quarterback with a great future in front of him. He’s a dedicated, proven winner and a natural leader with tremendous character.  We are very excited that he has chosen to join our football team,” said General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin. 

As a result of Collaros’ arrival, the team parted ways with veteran quarterback Henry Burris.

Collaros, 25 , Dan LeFevour, Jeremiah Masoli, Stephen McGee and Brian Brohm as the team’s quarterbacks.

Burris was slated to become a free agent on Feb. 15.

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.

“I’m very excited to join the Tiger-Cats. This team has all the pieces in place for success now and in the future,” said Collaros. “I can’t wait to work with the players, coaches and staff in Hamilton and play in front of an outstanding fan base at Tim Hortons Field.”

Burris, meanwhile, leaves Hamilton after leading them to an appearance in the 101st Grey Cup in Regina.

The 38-year-old had a strong year under centre for the Ticats, leading the league in passing yards with 4,925, along with 24 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Burris first arrived in Hamilton after spending seven years in Calgary. He was acquired by the Ticats in 2012 in exchange for Kevin Glenn, now of the REDBLACKS.

More to come…