RedBlacks plan free agent strategy

Roughriders quarterback Drew Willy, a native of New Jersey, could find Ottawa attractive. (Fred...

Roughriders quarterback Drew Willy, a native of New Jersey, could find Ottawa attractive. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters/Files)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

OTTAWA - With CFL free agency two weeks away, the Ottawa RedBlacks are carefully putting together a shopping list -- minus one big name.

It wasn't a surprise that quarterback Zach Collaros, released by the Toronto Argos a day earlier, signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday. But he was a guy that CFL insiders not so long ago were talking about being a logical fit to play in Ottawa.

It just didn't shake out that way. In fact, it was a move that wouldn't have made much sense, given that it's expected that Collaros will be paid more than $250,000 per season to play. With QBs Kevin Glenn and Thomas DeMarco acquired in the CFL expansion draft, it didn't make sense for Ottawa to empty its piggybank to the tune of a quarter of a million bucks. The money would be better spent elsewhere.

So what does Ottawa do when free agency begins at noon on Feb. 15?

Expect them to be active.


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