[i]New DB riding roller-coaster
Winnipeg Free Press
Mon 16 Jul 2007
Byline: Ed Tait
EXCUSE Sam Young if he is running the emotional gamut right now, feeling
both ecstatic and angry, wanted and scorned at the same time.
Three days ago the veteran CFL defensive back was readying to suit up
for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for Saturday’s game against the Montreal
Alouettes. But after a bizarre turn of events Young instead spent Sunday
on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice field as one of two new recruits
after the club also added long-snapper Mike Mahoney while cutting Nate
Davis, Gabriel Fulbright and Blair Atkinson.
Young, the former B.C. Lion who joined the Ticats last season, blew out
his Achilles with two games remaining and spent the winter recuperating.
According to the 28-year-old Chicago product, he was cut before training
camp and told by Ticat brass he would be brought back later.
Young joined the practice roster but, after seeing his base salary
sliced from $65,000 to $41,000, opted to renege on the deal.
“I felt like that seeing as this is my fifth year in the CFL I just
couldn’t do it so I was willing to walk away with no hard feelings,”
Young said after his first workout as a Bomber. "Fortunately, my agent
put a call in to see if somebody needed my help and luckily I landed
"It’s nothing I tried to do against the (Ticats) because me and all the
guys there are tight. I didn’t try to hurt the team at all, I was just
looking out for my best interests as a player.
“It was unfortunate in Hamilton… they disparaged my character a little
Yeah, you could say that. Young’s decision to balk at the Ticats’ new
contract offer left the club scrambling to find bodies for their
depleted secondary this weekend and GM Marcel Desjardins was, well…
miffed is the cleanest way to put it.
“(Young’s agent) said Sam had decided to reject the contract that we had
agreed to at which point I told him what I thought of both of them,”
Desjardins told The Hamilton Spectator. "We had agreed on something last
week and two days before the game he decides it’s not good enough. I
don’t know if he thought he was in a position of strength and was going
to be able to corner us into something but I just told him, ‘we don’t
need that and you can go home.’
“He has not painted himself into a good position. I understand that he
feels he is worth more but he should have told me that two weeks ago.”
Young started his CFL career in Calgary and was a West Division all-star
with B.C. in 2004. He appeared in 10 games with the Ticats in '06,
finishing with 26 tackles and two interceptions.[/i]
65K for a starting DB isnt too much IMO, yes he signed an agreement but all of the sudden he is good enough to start? Shouldnt that be enough to warrant a re-negotiation?
Why is it that when a player backs out of a contract its such a bad thing but when Marcel cut and traded all of the guys that he deemed were “making too much money” its ok cause we’re “trimming” salary.
Expecting him to play for 41K Canadian is low balling as far as im concerned, he could make more as a personal trainer in the US.
Im upset it came to this but as far as im concerned, he doesnt look as bad as Marcel made him out to be.