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Quarterback Masoli, Redblacks agree to restructured CFL contract

By The Canadian Press on January 15, 2024.

Veteran quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has a new deal with the Ottawa Redblacks. Masoli (8) smiles during warm-up prior to CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on Saturday, July 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

OTTAWA – Veteran quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has a new deal with the Ottawa Redblacks.

Masoli, 35, was due a $100,000 bonus Monday as part of his previous agreement with the CFL club.

Ottawa could have released Masoli to avoid paying the stipend, but the two sides agreed to a revised contact for the upcoming season.

As part of the new agreement, Masoli reportedly received a $45,000 bonus as part of a $133,800 base salary. He could earn up to $236,800 with incentives.

The five-foot-10, 208-pound Masoli joined the Redblacks before the 2022 season. But he sustained a season-ending leg injury in 2022 that forced him to miss the first three games last year.

In his first game of the ’23 campaign, Masoli sustained a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in a 21-13 loss to Hamilton on July 8.

The former Oregon star has appeared in just five games through two seasons with Ottawa, completing 90-of-136 passes (66.1 per cent) for 1,220 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Over 10 CFL campaigns with Hamilton and Ottawa, Masoli sports a 66.5 per cent completion average with 16,675 passing yards, 82 TDs and 53 interceptions while rushing for 1,546 yards (5.9-yard average) and 20 touchdowns.

The usual recovery time for ACL injuries is eight-to-12 months.

Ottawa now has Masoli, Dustin Crum, Tyrie Adams (also recovering from injury), Tyrrell Pigrome and Jake Dunniway under contract. But Masoli has experience with new offensive co-ordinator Tommy Condell’s offence from their days with the Tiger-Cats.

The Redblacks are also expected to be in the running for Winnipeg quarterback Dru Brown when CFL free agency opens next month.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2024.

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