What Popp said was that Cobourne wanted to be the highest paid CFL running back, and while he said that is Avon`s right to try to attain, on the Alouettes that is not going to happen.
A player will be well compensated but he has to leave enough on the table so that the team can surround him with supporting players. He can make up the salary difference with the playoff bonuses.
Hamilton trying to make a splash with their fans by signing a name player, put up the money. I wish Avon well, I like how he handled his departure, but he will not be a difference maker with Hamilton. The falacy of free agency in all sports is that by paying a player an exhorbitant salary, the expectation is that he will play up to that level. It rarely happens.
A similar thing occurred when we lost Jermaine Copeland to Calgary. We certainly felt his loss more than we will Avon`s, but you have to respect Popp and his philosophy on building and maintaing a team in the salary cap era.
Look at Calgary, another team I respect as an organization. They didn`t even offer a contract to their 2010 CFL Outstanding Lineman of the Year Ben Archibald.