The details of the re-structured contract that extends Bo Levi Mitchell’s career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, released by Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation and TSN, are now available before an official announcement by the Tiger-Cats organization. Mitchell’s decision to re-structure his contract became apparent on Thursday night due to a listing on CFL Transactions showing that the veteran quarterback was deleted from the Tiger-Cats roster and re-signed. Later in the evening, the details were released showing that Michell had accepted an incentive-laden deal that significantly reduced the amount of hard money he would receive as the quarterback for Hamilton.
The original contract to bring Bo Levi Mitchell to the Tiger-Cats paid the two-time Grey Cup champion quarterback 1.62 million dollars throughout three seasons. Hamilton’s motivation to re-structure Mitchell’s contract involved a $175,000 bonus that Hamilton had agreed to pay in the original contract. Mitchell’s re-structured contract gives him $225,000 in hard money with a $50,000 signing bonus. Performance incentives built into the agreement will allow Mitchell to earn up to an additional $110,000 if he can stay healthy and lead the Tiger-Cats’ offence as their starting quarterback.
During the 2023 season, Mitchell only played in six games due to multiple injuries, including a fractured leg. In those six games, he had 78 completions with 132 pass attempts, resulting in 1,031 yards, six touchdowns, and ten interceptions. Mitchell’s injuries left backup quarterbacks Matthew Shiltz and Taylor Powell to carry the weight and lead the Tiger-Cats back to the playoffs.
Mitchell is a 12-year CFL veteran with eleven seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. During that 12-year career, Mitchell played 171 games and started in 123. He has completed 2,574 passes with 3,998 attempts for 33,572 yards and 194 touchdowns with only 99 interceptions.
While playing for the Stampeders, Mitchell led Calgary to two Grey Cup victories in 2014 and 2018. He was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in both championship games. Mitchell was the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2016 and 2018, leading the CFL in Passing Touchdowns during the 2016 and 2018 seasons. Hamilton opens the 2024 season on Friday, June 7th, the first time Mitchell has played for an opposing team in Calgary.
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