After all 32 NFL teams bypassed on signing him, former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams has become a hot commodity in the CFL, as the Montreal Alouettes acquired him from the British Columbia Lions.
ESPN.com provided the statement from British Columbia general manager Wally Buono about dealing Adams:
Both sides negotiated in good faith, but in the end, it became clear that we weren't going to be able to meet Vernon's expectations as they relate to length of contract and remuneration. We've got very good depth at the quarterback position, so being able to turn this asset into a first-round pick in next year's CFL draft is a win for the Lions.
Adams expressed his excitement for a new opportunity in Montreal on Twitter:
Farhan Lalji of TSN reported May 17 that Adams received an offer from the Lions in the hopes of closing a deal before quarterback school begins Sunday.
Adams had been hoping to catch on with an NFL team after going undrafted last month. He has had a chip on his shoulder about the lack of interest from clubs, as he told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle before the draft when no one brought him in for a private workout:
Yeah, you can say that [I have a chip on my shoulder]. But that doesn’t really matter. Whatever team I play for, whether it’s as a free agent or whatever, I’m going to go in there and work hard and they’re going to see. ...
There’s nothing else much I can say. I’m not going to grown any more. You’ve got to just watch the film from my sophomore year until my senior year.
The 23-year-old took part in a local workout with the Los Angeles Rams before the draft on April 19 and tryouts with Washington and the Seattle Seahawks during their rookie minicamps, but he didn't get a contract offer from any club.
In his one season at Oregon, Adams was outstanding. The Eastern Washington transfer threw for 2,643 yards and 26 touchdowns. He led the nation with a 10.2-yards-per-attempt average.
Adams was likely overlooked because of his height. He was listed at 5'11" and 200 pounds during the NFL combine.
The best thing he can do to keep his NFL dream alive is get some professional tape in the CFL. Montreal clearly wants him after trading a first-round pick, though he will have to fight Kevin Glenn to be the Alouettes starter when preseason games start June 8.