The words were both emphatic and succinct.
“We’re not trading Zach,’’ began Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker on the eve of Wednesday’s CFL trade deadline.
No words were minced, no agenda being presented.
There have been inquiries, but no scenario has compelled Barker to part company with Collaros, who has exceeded expectations in QB Ricky Ray’s injury absence.
Barker knows Collaros could very well end up with another team next season, but Barker’s only concern is this season and how his Argos perform during the stretch drive and into the post-season.
Some may question Barker’s wisdom in signing Collaros to a one-plus option contract when Collaros became available last off-season, the period when the Double Blue made the franchise-changing trade with Edmonton to acquire Ray.
With Ottawa rejoining the CFL fold next season, the expansion RedBlacks, in theory, can claim Collaros.
There’s no scenario that will see the Argos expose Ray