Signing Brandon Bridge to a one-year contract extension makes sense on several fronts. It tells the 25-year-old Canadian the Riders think he has the potential to become the team's starting quarterback in 2018 and at one year only, it's not a long-term investment in a player who is still only a prospect.
For Bridge, it means certainty for one season with the chance to raise his game and his stock for a 2019 deal that may also be influenced with the CFL's possible Canadian ratio change to include home-cooked quarterbacks.
Now it's up to the towering 25-year-old Torontonian to take his game to the next level and win the starting job in what will be a competitive training camp battle. In addition to Kevin Glenn, expect Riders Head Coach/GM and Vice President of Football Operations Chris Jones to bring in some high octane competition, whether it's former Eskimo James Franklin who is tentative Toronto property, or soon to be cast-off Ti-Cat pivot Zach Collaros and hopefully not Vince "I'm certainly not" Young.
Yes, it could be a furious February for free agency in Riderville.