The Saskatchewan Roughriders got their new starting quarterback on the opening day of free agency. Trevor Harris, formerly of the Montreal Alouettes signed a 2-year deal with the Roughriders. Harris brings a championship pedigree to the Roughriders roster and he essentially will swap places with the Riders’ former QB Cody Fajardo. Fajardo signed with the Montreal Alouettes on a 2-year deal as well after a disappointing 2022 season in Saskatchewan.
Harris is a 2-time Grey Cup champion having won Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks. He had a strong season in Montreal last year throwing for 4,157 yards, 20 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. Harris gave the Alouettes some much needed stability at the quarterback position and helped guide them to the playoffs in 2022. He proved that even at the age of 36 he still has what it takes to be a starter in the CFL.
The Roughriders will be hoping that Harris can help turnaround the once proud Roughriders franchise after what he was able to accomplish during his days in Ottawa and Montreal. The Roughriders finished the 2022 season with a mere 6-12 record. It was also the first time that the Riders had failed to make the playoffs since 2016.
Harris did have some struggles playing for the much-maligned Edmonton Elks franchise from 2019 – 2021. The Elks ultimately traded Harris to the Alouettes in 2021 and his career turnaround began. His numbers with the Alouettes proved that he still has some gas left in the tank and the Riders are banking on that.
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