Part of the quarterbacking mystery has been solved in Riderville.
The team has signed Brandon Bridge to a one-year contract extension avoiding having the 25-year-old Canadian on the open free-agent market to the rest of the CFL come February.
Bridge said it was a case of building on the progress he made as a back-up to Kevin Glenn in 2017 and felt the Rider coaching staff was willing to give him a shot at being the number-one pivot.
“I just wanted to be somewhere where someone actually wanted me. Obviously, in free agency, some teams may want you and some teams may not, so, you know Saskatchewan really showed their love and their dedication to trying to get me back early throughout the year.”
Bridge could have gone for more money and a longer term through free agency but felt the conditions were right for a one year deal to stay in Saskatchewan because of possible changes in a new collective bargaining agreement and the possible addition of quarterbacks to the Canadian playing ratio .
“I thought one year was good because that was we, I talked to my agent about it and my agent said, you know, he felt like the one year would actually be good especially with the C-B-A, with the uncertainty and obviously with the (Canadian) ratio that could possibly change.
Bridge came off the bench several times in relief of Kevin Glenn and tossed ten touchdown passes along with four interceptions while showing mobility and athletic ability
Assistant GM Jeremy O’Day said locking up Bridge for 2018 was a front office priority
“It’s a good thing when you can get some of your key guys secured and extended and obviously at that position it’s a big position for any football team, but for us, they gave us the chance to bring back a high-quality young quarterback.”
Bridge will compete with Glenn and possibly others in training camp to be the Riders starting quarterback in 2018.