The Herb rumour is gaining steam. As reported by RDS from PC:http://www.rds.ca/alouettes/chroniques/250144.html
Wow. If I remember correctly, Popp signed a ton of contracts during Grey Cup week 2006, he signed a bunch of contracts before a deadline that would not count in the 2007 cap.
If so, how could the Als still be over? Was it the astronomical amount of injuries that made the Als go over the cap? If so, its somewhat unfair (we will lose the 4th overall choice, goodbye Samuel Giguère...).
The cap was enforced to stop teams from overspending to get a competitive edge (so a team cannot hire too many great players). That is not what the Als did. They simply filled holes they had to fill due to injuries.
The Als lost a few Grey Cups in this decade to the Eskimos (who were known to have the highest payroll. The Esks apparently spent 700 000$ more in 2003 than everyone else...). Now, the famous rule to prevent teams (cough, The Eskimos, from going overboard) will hit the Als first and foremost.
Somewhat ironic, a little bit frustrating...