A CFL team bending the rules?
This is nothing new, but what is allegedly happening in Saskatchewan is very troubling.
The CFL is now investigating claims of roster and salary cap violations in Regina.
It started when Calgary Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell sent out a cryptic tweet about the Riders’ roster on Tuesday, saying, “I bet none of the people they signed needed flights,” referring to some players Saskatchewan recently signed.
Now various sources say the Roughriders have been keeping a lot of extra players in the city, and even housing and feeding them, even though those players are not signed to contracts.
Apart from its 46 man active roster, Saskatchewan has 11 guys on the practice roster, 18 players on the 6 game injured list and another on the 1 game injured list.
Hamilton, and other teams, have had similar injury numbers in the past, a way to stash or hide some players.
And remember, guys on the 6 game list still get paid, but their salary doesn’t count against the cap.
It’s a measure all teams use.
But if the Riders are paying guys to hang around, that has to stop.
The league can take a number of measures to address it.
If CFL officials can prove wrongdoing, I’m sure the Riders will be fined.
Any further measures will likely have to be included in the next round of CBA talks with the Players Association.