O'Leary: Fajardo embraces new opportunity with Als

As Cody Fajardo’s voice rode over the Regina airwaves on Tuesday, it’s hard not to wonder if what he was saying would echo through the 2023 season.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/2023/02/15/oleary-fajardo-embraces-new-opportunity-with-als/
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My new team is the Als

Welcome! We don't guarantee a Cup but we are always entertaining as hell! Go Als!


Sounds good

At least Fajardo will have some protection this year. He also has the best running back in the league, lining up behind him. Unfortunately the league allowed the Als ownership problems to go on too long and not knowing their future financial situation the Als got decimated in free agency.

The Als lost two pieces really : Geno Lewis and Picket. Geno was the franchise player but at 320k, you are crippling your roster. When you look at all the high price receivers teams walked away from this year, this proves me right. All the teams in the East have worked hard improving their roster, so the Als will be in tough to make the post season but at least now they have put a process in place where they can build from as opposed to riding out a 37 year old quarterback.


What did Calgary trade Ka deem Carey

Tiger Cats look scary

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They made a lot of big moves. If they can afford all that talent without a blood letting, many will pick them as the odds on favorite to win the East.

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Agreed ... 320K is IMO ridiculous for a WR.

Decimated is a Zurkowski-ish assessment ... doubt the Als were the only team to lose a couple of significant free agents.

My own belief is that if the Alouettes struggle, it has more to do with their choice of Head Coach than anything else

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That is one of the problems I see with the CFL salary cap ... a team can be hundreds of thousands over the cap in the offseason ... players then get screwed by either getting cut mid-training camp when it is tough to find work or be "forced into a re-negotiated contract ... I have no issue with signing as many rookies as roster limits allow but out of fairness to veteran players there should be an off-season cap ceiling for vets to prevent teams from just collecting players and then slicing and dicing their contracts to make it work when crunch-time comes.

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They do that in the NFL too. I recently read an article about how the New Orleans Saints are currently some $100 million over the salary cap. I’m not sure if it is just a football thing. It may be so because of the general lack of guaranteed contracts, unlike the NHL, NBA and MLB.

Don't know about the NBA, but to my understanding the NHL has an offseason cap 10% over the in-season salary-cap (plus I believe that players on LTIR at the end of the previous season factor in as well) ... MLB has no salary-cap ... teams pay "penalties if they exceed certain levels.

IMO it is the lack of guaranteed contracts in the CFL that makes off-season stock-piling of veteran contracts so unfair ... players under contract have no freedom to move but teams have no obligation to the player and can "slice & dice" at their convenience.

See Edmonton Elks and Hamliton Tiger Cats

Calgary lost 6 starters.