Vernon Adams was traded by the B.C. Lions to the Montreal Alouettes for a first-round pick on Friday, signaling what should be the temporary end of a long journey for the former Oregon Duck quarterback.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news Friday.
After failing to latch on with the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent, Adams went north to sign with the Lions. However, things didn’t work out between the two sides and a deal was struck to move him to Montreal.
“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,” B.C. general manager Wally Buono said in a statement, via the Associated Press. “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.”
That the Alouettes gave up a first-round pick to land him shows their level of interest in the quarterback, who’s just glad to finally have a place to call home.
Can't wait to get to Montreal. #Alouettes 🙏🏽🏈 Thank you God.
— Vernon Adams Jr. (@VernonAdamsJr8) May 20, 2016
As a graduate transfer for the Ducks last year, he passed for 2,643 yards and 26 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 10 starts. Injuries derailed him from having a full season but he also proved himself quite capable in the East-West Shrine Game, passing for 191 yards and three touchdowns in limited action.
Eager to land any chance, Adams considers the greats of the past as his guides for making it in the NFL.
“I could be like a Warren Moon or Doug Flutie,” he said of former NFL quarterbacks who played in the CFL (h/t John Keim of ESPN.com). “All I need is a chance. … If they can stop looking at my height and give me a chance they’d get a teammate with a lot of energy and a great leader.”
Now it appears he will get an opportunity to prove himself worthy.