Elk Team had to release Dunbar because his guaranteed wages and especially his off season bonus was a problem with the Elk Cap.
Don’t be surprised if QB Cornelius is next on the chopping list. Same reason.
If Jones doesn’t have a commitment from Bethel Thompson before Jan 15 then Cornelius is released. He could be back for a lot less but with Evans retired & a bunch of teams looking for backups, he’s probably going to land somewhere. He’s a good 3rd down guy at least.
They can’t keep him if McBeth comes aboard. But, as I’ve said, IMO McBeth would rather play out East & I can see Hamilton as a possible destination moreso than Ottawa out there. We’ll see pretty quick what’s going down.
As for Dunbar, I feel for the guy but do the Elks need him? IMO I’d re-sign Moore who led the league in YAC. He was underused last year. Surprised me how good he was.
Jones is not done yet. A good source is reporting Cornelius is gone too. That is not a surprise either. Is that a sign that they are close to signing Bethel-Thompson?
Jones has $350K to pay in bonuses so with Dunbar & now Cornelius gone, he sheds $165K. Cornelius makes sense if they need money to sign McBeth but he wasn’t going to start anyway. Dunbar? Well the other bonuses owing are Lewis 75K, Ceresna 50K, Hutter & Konar with small bonuses. If it comes down to choices you don’t want to clear off Lewis or Ceresna. Like it or not, it’s a business. Bo Levi was promised a lot more money & has restructured for a big hair cut in Hamilton.