Some proof that the Eskimos aren't the only ones who spend money! The Riders spend more!
TORONTO — The Edmonton Eskimos will likely be close to $500,000 over the 2006 salary cap when the final figures are tabulated.
“We will probably be around $4.2 to $4.3 million (in salaries),? said Eskimo president Rick LeLacheur.
The 2006 salary cap was set at $3.8 million, but there weren’t enforceable penalties.
However, if the penalty system was actually in place this year, the Esks would have been fined a minimum of $1.2 million and would have been forced to forfeit two draft picks.
That harsh hit explains why LeLacheur adamantly states the Green and Gold will play by the rules in 2007, which is when the penalties kick in.
“We’re budgeting to the salary cap next year,? he quipped.
The 2007 cap ceiling is $4.05 million, meaning the Esks will need to cut at least $150,000. But more realistically, the club will likely have to cut at least $300,000 to leave cushion room for injury problems.
The cost of new recruits during the year will need to be a budget item for teams.
Of course, these new rules start when the Eskimos will be in the midst of a critical renovation project, trying to add more punch to a roster that is clearly lacking in quality import talent.
Danny Maciocia and the rest of the Eskimo brain trust can clear plenty of cap room by hacking several aging veterans from the club.
But the Green and Gold will still need to carefully budget money and pick the right bidding wars to overspend in order to win.
Not on top
[b]While the CFL doesn’t publicly release team budget figures, it’s believed the Eskimos rank fifth in league salaries this year, well behind Saskatchewan and Toronto.
The Riders now expect to finish 2006 with more than $4.5 million spent on salaries, while the Argos will reportedly be at least $750,000 over the cap.
Based on the CFL’s rule sheet, Saskatchewan would have been smacked with a $2.1 million fine – which would be a serious blow to the community owned team.[/b]
That gives you an indication of the massive job facing new GM Eric Tillman.
Maciocia to Tabbies?
Danny Maciocia won’t say it to reporters because he genuinely wants to stay in Edmonton.
But the head coach opening in Hamilton has to be much more appealing than the possible vacancy in Montreal at the end of the year.
That is as clear as day.
There are so many obvious enticing factors for Maciocia with the Ticats:
a) close friend Jason Maas at quarterback.
b) very little immediate pressure to succeed compared to Montreal.
c) deep pockets at ownership level with Bob Young.
d) less extended family distractions.
e) Marcel Desjardins as general manager. Maciocia and Desjardins are good friends.
Maciocia put in a good word for Desjardins when the club was hiring as new GM earlier this year.
Don’t buy the speculation that Don Matthews could resurface as the head coach in Hamilton next year … From the bizarre-but-true file, when the Als re-introduced Jim Popp as its latest head coach last week, they actually brought back the only coach who has never won a game in franchise history. Popp lost both games he coached in 2001.