Deja vu for Bombers as Collaros signs with Ticats

Zach Collaros called his decision a 'no-brainer.' That's not good for the Bombers. (QMI...

Zach Collaros called his decision a 'no-brainer.' That's not good for the Bombers. (QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It's deja-Blue, all over again.

For the second straight off-season, one of the CFL's up-and-coming quarterbacks has eluded the grasp of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The latest one got away under completely different circumstances, but the sting is familiar, and leaves three-down football's most wanting franchise counting on yet another Plan B.

Former Toronto Argo Zach Collaros was, by most measures, the most promising of the free-agent arms crop, a quarterback who can run, throw and, most importantly, win.

Basically, he was this winter's Mike Reilly.

Reilly, the former B.C. Lion, was in Collaros's shoes a year ago: ready, willing and able to become a starter, with an expiring contract that had suitors lining up for a look.

The Bombers and Eskimos were the two teams most desperate for a signal-caller, and readied their pitches.


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