Who Is The CFL’s Highest Paid Player In 2022?

It is no secret that CFL players are paid far less than their contemporaries south of the border in the NFL. The average salary for CFL teams falls between $60,000 and $100,000. The average salary for an NFL player is far greater at $860,000 per season. Despite the CFL’s average being less than that of the NFL’s average player salary, it is slightly better than that of the new USFL. The spring start-up league pays its players $45,000 a season.


The 64th season of the CFL is set to kick off on June 9 with the regular season ending on October 29. It should be another exciting campaign with the reigning Grey Cup winners, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, battling to retain their trophy. After last season’s heroics, quarterback Zach Collaros was rewarded with a new contract. The deal makes him the highest paid CFL player in 2022.


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Collaros has had a long and illustrious football career. The quarterback was undrafted coming out of the University of Cincinnati before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in 2012. Later that year, he joined the Toronto Argonauts, beginning his CFL journey.


Born in Steubenville, Ohio, the 33-year-old has become a CFL legend playing for four different teams and winning three Grey Cups. Collaros has won football games wherever he has played in the CFL and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers showed their commitment to him during the offseason.


Collaros is now the league’s highest-paid player at a whopping $550,000. His current contract is just for one year and will cover the 2022 season. The Blue Bombers increased Collaros’ 2021 salary by more than $125,000. In addition to the $550,000 Collaros will earn, he also received a $87,000 signing bonus. There is an addition, $12,000 housing bonus he will also receive.


In 2021, Collaros led the CFL with 20 touchdown passes and a 111.0 QB rating. He with 3,185 passing yards, which was second in the CFL. Collaros has a win-loss record of 46-34 as a starter in the CFL. He has thrown for 20,164 yards and 114 touchdowns while being picked off just 58 times.


Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo is set to earn around $509,000. A former Nevada Wolfpack quarterback, the 30-year-old has played in the CFL since 2015. He joined the Roughriders in 2019, just two seasons after winning the Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts.


In 2021, the CFL’s highest paid player was quarterback Michael Reilly. Reilly played two stints with the BC Lions sandwiched around five seasons with the Edmonton Elks. The quarterback earned $575,000 last season with the Lions throwing for over 3,280 yards and 14 touchdowns. In January, the Lions announced Reilly had decided to retire after 11 seasons in the CFL. Even if Reilly had stayed, it was likely that the BC Lions would have restructured his salary.

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