Don’t get me wrong. If I was Edmonton, I would be ecstatic right now to sign Ray. What gets me is that I would be very surprised if this did not push Edmonton over the top for violating the salary cap if they were not already there. I just feel their will be long term stability in the league if a reasonable salary cap is established. Therefore, my statement is THEY NEED TO HAVE SOME TEETH TO FORCE TEAMS TO ADHERE TO THE SALARY CAP.
My reasoning is simple. There are nine teams in this league with one on what appears to be the brink. Failure to level the playing field may ultimately cause another team to fold. The last time I checked, I doubt the CFL could exist with say five or six teams. It is my contention that if the salary cap is not enforced, this could very well happen. Consider the following.
B.C. - seems to be a strong franchise and should survive
Edmonton - strong franchise and appears to have the money
Calgary - good fans and lots of money in that town
Saskatchewan - great fans, but community owned and could get forced out in extreme circumstances
Winnipeg - same story as Saskatchewan
Toronto - has reputation of wanting to abandon Argos for an NFL team. If Sask and Winnipeg were to fall, Toronto would be quick to follow.
Ottawa - Is in trouble. May fall in one or two years if CFL does not address this problem
Hamilton - I have no opinion on the state of that franchise. I would be itnerested in hearing from Ti-Cat fans on what they think
Montreal - strong and appears to be here for long haul
To those that say I just have sour grapes cause the Eskimos are going to be harder to beat now, I would be lying to say that is not part of my motivation right now. More importantly though, can this league survive if we allow this to continue? Personally, I think it could but we will have less growth and league prosperity if we don’t level the playing field.
I realize this issue has been beaten to death, but until it gets resolved, we will always be talking about this.