The CFL’s 15 highest-paid quarterbacks for the 2024 season

1) Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (A)

Hard money: $600,000
Maximum value: $600,000

The two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player collected a $300,000 off-season roster bonus on January 15 and makes the rest of his money for 2024 in the form of a $286,200 base salary and $13,800 in housing. The 35-year-old is currently in the second year of a three-year extension he signed partway through the 2022 season, which ties him to the Manitoba capital through 2025.

2) Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts (A)

Hard money: $583,000
Maximum value: $583,000

The league’s reigning MOP restructured his three-year contract in January, cashing a $300,000 signing bonus in the process. The rest of his money for 2024 is scheduled to be paid in the form of a $144,200 base salary, $100,000 in non-football-related services to the team, a $20,000 training allowance, $13,800 in housing, and a $5,000 training allowance.

3) Trevor Harris, Saskatchewan Roughriders (A)

Hard money: $473,000
Maximum value: $500,000

The soon-to-be 38-year-old collected a $250,000 signing bonus when he restructured his contract with the Riders this off-season. His 2024 deal includes a $189,500 base salary, $15,000 in non-football-relate services to the team, $13,500 in housing, $5,000 travel allowance, and an additional $1,500 each time he takes more than half Saskatchewan’s offensive snaps in a game.

4) McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Edmonton Elks (A)

Hard money: $461,000
Maximum value: $542,500

The two-time East Division all-star received a $150,000 signing bonus to join the Elks following a one-year stint in the United States Football League. He can earn a $25,000 bonus if he passes his physical at the start of training camp, a $7,500 bonus if he throws for 4,000 yards, a $5,000 bonus if he leads the league in passing yards, and a $5,000 bonus if he leads the league in touchdown passes.

5) Cody Fajardo, Montreal Alouettes (A)

Hard money: $432,000
Maximum value: $450,000

The 32-year-old signed a one-year contract extension through 2025 in December and reworked his agreement for the 2024 season in the process. He received a $175,000 signing bonus to go along with his $228,200 base salary, $13,800 in housing, $10,000 n non-football-relate services to the team, and a $5,000 travel allowance. He can earn an additional $18,000 in playtime with $1,000 per game for playing 51 percent or more of the offensive snaps.

6) Vernon Adams Jr., B.C. Lions (A)

Hard money: $403,800
Maximum value: $403,800

The 31-year-old set all-new career-highs this past season and cashed in with a three-year contract extension that included a $200,000 signing bonus. Adams Jr. can earn a $155,000 base salary, a $15,000 training bonus, $13,800 in housing, a $10,000 travel bonus, and $10,000 in non-football-related services to the team.

7) Jake Maier, Calgary Stampeders (A)

Hard money: $339,000
Maximum value: $380,000

The six-foot, 227-pound passer restructured his deal this off-season, cashing a $150,000 signing bonus in the process. He can earn $2,000 each time he plays more than half Calgary’s offensive snaps in a game, $13,800 in housing, $10,000 in non-football-related services, $5,000 in training, and $4,000 in travel.

8) Dru Brown, Ottawa Redblacks (A)

Hard money: $286,000
Maximum value: $340,000

The 27-year-old received a $137,500 signing bonus to ink a two-year extension with the Redblacks after he was traded to Ottawa from Winnipeg as a pending free agent. Brown can earn $50,000 after reporting to training camp and passing his physical, a $10,000 travel allowance, $13,800 in housing, and $3,000 each time he plays more than half the team’s offensive snaps.

9) Bo Levi Mitchell, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (A)

Hard money: $225,500
Maximum value: $361,500

The two-time MOP took a pay cut this off-season after earning over $500,000 in 2023 as the second-highest-paid player in the CFL. Mitchell got a $50,000 signing bonus to redo his deal and can earn a $4,000 bonus each time he plays more than half Hamilton’s offensive snaps in a regular season game. He could make $15,000 if he does so for five games, $17,000 if he does so for nine games, and $17,000 if he does so for 14 games.

10) Jeremiah Masoli, Ottawa Redblacks (A)

Hard money: $133,800
Maximum value: $236,800

The 35-year-old restructured his deal in January ahead of a $100,000 off-season roster bonus and received a $45,000 signing bonus as part of his new contract. He could earn $5,000 each time he plays more than half Ottawa’s offensive snaps in a regular season game. Masoli is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles, according to the most recent update from head coach Bob Dyce.

11) Chris Streveler, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (A)

Hard money: $120,000
Maximum value: $174,000

The fan favourite returned to Bomberland this off-season following a four-year stint in the NFL. He received a $36,200 signing bonus from Winnipeg and can collect $70,000 in base salary, $13,800 in housing money, and $3,000 each time he plays more than half of the team’s offensive snaps in a regular season game.

12) Mason Fine, Saskatchewan Roughriders (A)

Hard money: $113,000
Maximum value: $174,000

The University of North Texas standout got a $5,000 signing bonus to remain in Riderville. He can earn $10,000 in non-football-related services to the club, $5,000 the first time he plays one snap, $1,500 each time he plays more than half Saskatchewan’s offensive snaps in a regular season game, along with several smallere bonuses for reaching passing yardage and touchdown thresholds.

13) Jake Dolegala, B.C. Lions (A)

Hard money: $110,800
Maximum value: $172,800

The 27-year-old earned a $15,000 signing bonus when he joined the Lions in free agency along with $82,000 in base salary and $13,800 in housing. He can earn $3,055.55 each time he takes more than half B.C.’s offensive snaps in a regular season game along with $3,000 if he’s named a West Division all-star and $4,000 if he’s named a CFL all-star.

14) Matthew Shiltz, Calgary Stampeders (A)

Hard money: $107,500
Maximum value: $199,600

The six-year veteran earned an $8,000 signing bonus to join the Stamps in free agency following a two-year run in Hamilton. Shiltz can make $2,200 each time he plays more than half Calgary’s offensive snaps in a regular season game along with a $14,000 bonus if he does so at least 14 times and a $30,000 bonus if he does so at least 17 times.

15) Caleb Evans, Montreal Alouettes (A)

Hard money: $95,000
Maximum value: $233,500

The 25-year-old can collect $5,000 the first time he makes the active roster and $13,800 in housing. He has several playtime bonuses built into his deal, including $2,000 each time he takes more than half Montreal’s offensive snaps in a game, a $25,000 increase to his base salary if he’s the primary quarterback for 10 or more games, and a $30,000 bonus if he’s the primary quarterback for 15 or more games

Source:
https://3downnation.com/2024/05/07/the-cfls-15-highest-paid-quarterbacks-for-the-2024-season/

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Tre Ford is missing off this list.

Ford is on year 3 of his 80-90k a year Rookie first round pick deal. The list is based on “hard money” so I guess he would be #16 if the list was expanded.

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You can stroke number #2 off of your list .

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I find the “non-football-related services to the team” a bit bush league.

As I stated in the Chad Kelly thread, it is similar to when Wayne Gretzky got a seven years of personal service contract from the Indianapolis Racers.

The only possible equivalent that I see in other leagues is traded for future considerations (which usually amounts to a bag of pucks/baseballs).

I am also going to add that no one else has more than $15K in non-football-related services, but Chad Kelly gets $100K. Does he really hate signing autographs and showing up in public to incentivize being an upstanding citizen by that much?

The other players will be too busy playing to do much promotion. Chad Kelly has lots of time off to fit it in his schedule and therefore will get more functions in. Whether or not they will throw rotten tomatoes at him during the event is undetermined.

I remember him being pretty active at the NHL all-star game, and also doing commentary on TSN I believe on some of the college bowl matchups. Of course this was all before the lawsuit, and it seemed like the Argos were indeed planning for him to be the face of the franchise and be very visible in the city. I can’t imagine any group or organization is looking to have Chad speak at one of their functions right now. Argos are going to eat most of that $100k.

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not even a Canadian, I think the league should try to give one of the U Sports guys a chance.

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