October 12, 2017 6:00 am

Rick Zamperin: Ticats don’t trade Zach Collaros… yet

Zach Collaros is still sporting a Ticats uniform following Tuesday's CFL trade deadline.

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To no one’s surprise, the Canadian Football League’s trade deadline came and went without any activity.

I can understand that some Ticats fans may have been wondering about the fate of backup quarterback Zach Collaros.

That’s still funny to say, backup, but I digress.

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Hamilton diffused any talk of dealing their half-million dollar man when they announced hours before Tuesday’s 3:59 p.m. ET trade deadline that Collaros would be staying put.

I’m not surprised by that decision, especially when you lay out all the cards on the table.

Collaros still has one year left on his contract, which reportedly pays him more money than any other player in the league.

Current starter Jeremiah Masoli will become a free agent in the off-season, and the way he is playing Masoli might want to test the waters if he thinks he can earn more money elsewhere as a starter.

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Then there’s the Johnny Manziel factor. Expect the Heisman Trophy winner to sign in Hamilton this off-season and then use the 2018 CFL season as the Ticats’ starter to revamp his resume for NFL general managers.

Not until Johnny Football officially signs with Hamilton will the Cats deal Collaros to Toronto, Montreal, Regina, or somewhere else.

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