I think given his age that the NFL is a long shot but agree that he would try it if given the chance. If you look at what happened to Streveler and Rourke’s current status I can’t see Kelly doing any better.
His agent says Kelly will be the highest paid player in the CFL. Zach Collaros is getting $600,000 in hard money. Is Kelly getting more than that, or is the agent including incentives that are not likely to happen?
This is pocket money for MLSE. Unfortunately it sets a pattern where all the other teams will have QBs asking for similar contracts but unable to afford it. CFL is becoming a couple of elite teams and the others second tier. This will destroy casual fan interest.
It may be pocket money for MLSE, but they still have to adhere to the salary cap like any other team. Paying Chad this amount will cost them one or two other star players they will no longer be able to fit under the cap.
True to an extent but I don’t think cheating the cap for $100,000 or less is a game changer. There are other ways to cheat the cap such as off the books payments or free housing, cars, etc. My Bombers were the most over last year but it was only $60,000 or so. Your Cats and the Argos cheated the coaches cap in recent years by bringing in “consultants” which I would argue is even more advantageous than having the equivalent of one more minimum salary special teamer.
It does appear that the cap or really two caps aren’t enforced very well at times and there is certainly room for improvement.
I’m not sure what I think. I don’t like the operations cap for sure but I think there needs to be a player cap. Before there was teams got into trouble all the time paying a million dollars to the likes of Flutie and Ishmail. No player cap would also mean no equalization payments. It might also skew the balance in favour of rich teams and make it difficult for poor teams to compete a la baseball. A player cap works well for the NFL, NHL and NBA and arguably made the NHL the financial success it is today so I don’t think I want to see that go in principle.