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Post by derkickistneingut on Nov 20, 2022 10:13:08 GMT -5
Cody Fajardo blossomed in Collaros’ absence in Saskatchewan, with the Riders eventually trading Collaros back to the Argos on July 31. Still injured, Collaros never got to suit up for the Argos. He recalled on Thursday night that he was ready to sign an extension with the Argos, but was traded a minute before the trade deadline expired to the Bombers. The rest — a 33-4 record as the team’s starter and consecutive Grey Cup wins — is history in the making.
“I was in Hamilton in 2019 and Toronto was shopping him,” Barker said.
“I stood on the table — I wasn’t in Hamilton, I don’t know what went down in those years when he got hurt — I’m not casting any aspersions, I just knew as a player, wow if we could get him there…we had Jeremiah and Dane (Evans) but Jeremiah was hurt so we had just Dane.
“I thought that would give us great depth going into the playoffs. Winnipeg ended up with him. For a lot of guys it’s about getting that opportunity in the right setting with the right coach and the right cast around.”
Omg, gonna be sick. If we had traded for Collaros in 2019, we'd have won the Cup that year & if we kept him, last year as well.
It's no coincidence Toronto improved so vastly when Barker went back & we tanked in comparison.
Winnipeg doesn't make it to the cup, Sask probably does, and their D doesn't do to us what Winnipeg's D did
Barker can be a a bit of a self- promoter, but agree it’s hard to deny the reversal of Cat-Argo fortunes since 2019. He’s always had a good eye for personnel. To me he was a bigger loss than Burke.
Interesting to think of Collaros coming here in 2019, though I’m not sure Argos would have traded him to a division rival - especially if they were close to re- signing him. They knew Wpg was more desperate to have a viable qb going into the playoffs and believe they ended up with a first round pick out of the deal.