Riders No. 1 pick willing to hold out until regular season

The first overall pick in the 2016 CFL Draft, offensive lineman Josiah St. John, is willing to hold out until the first game of the Saskatchewan Roughriders regular season, per sources.

The six-foot-six, 309-pound blocker was not able to reach a deal with the Riders in advance of CFL training camps opening across the league on Sunday.

Saskatchewan made offers, but they were rejected. The new CFL collective bargaining agreement was designed in part to help avoid contract impasses.

Sources say the ball is in St. John’s court and that the sides are “miles apart” in contract negotiations.

Every 2016 CFL pick that isn’t currently under contract with an NFL team has signed a deal with the franchise that drafted them in the three-down league.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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13 Comments on Riders No. 1 pick willing to hold out until regular season

  1. Jimmy Breslin // May 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm //

    This probably won’t end well

  2. “Every 2016 CFL pick that isn’t currently under contract with an NFL team has signed a deal with the franchise that drafted them in the three-down league”. Have the Lions signed Anthony Thompson, their 2nd round pick???

  3. I don’t see how holding out until the season begins helps either St. John – who will not have gotten to know his coaches, their systems and his teammates – or his team who were expecting him to be in camp.

  4. It almost seems that some agents have their own agenda that is not in the best interest of the player! I’m sure Josiah is a very talented young man however missing training camp will not be helpful to his career.

  5. Michael R Dennis // May 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm //

    The speculation is that he has been offered the CFL rookie minimum for a multi year contract. By comparison several first round picks last year like Sukh Chungh earned (reportedly ad salaries are not public) $80.
    This was a deep draft year, if that’s true then that is a pitifully low offer for the #1 pick overall.

    • Jimmy Breslin // May 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm //

      If that is true, and I find it hard to believe, Riders management just pulled the dumbest move of the year. The kid went number one it makes no sense at all, let’s wait and see what Jones has to say, that can’t be real.

  6. Frank Woloschuk // May 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm //

    He should be offered significant bonuses if he surpasses the criteria set by the team. It would be a win-win situation for both. I don’t think that either side is placing the good of the team ahead of their inflated egos.

  7. Zugerfan // May 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm //

    Not useful to speculate. It takes two to make a deal. Who knows which party is being unreasonable? I hope that it all works out soon enough for the kid to get on the field.

  8. SaskWatch // May 29, 2016 at 6:41 pm //

    According to a Rod Pedersen podcast, St. John is reportedly holding out for 400 large over 3 years, most of it in guarantees. If true, St. John is the unreasonable party IMO.

    • Rod Pedersen is a hack. Murray McCormick at the Leader-Post is the one who has reported the Riders offered league minimum while St. John wants what last year’s top 2 picks got ($80,000 and $20,000 bonus).

      • If there is a moderator to the comment section, could you please remove my comment about Rod Pedersen. I meant to delete it before I posted. Thanks.

  9. Leave him sit not playing or making money. He is riders material regardless. If he us worth it then another team can take him in a trade for someone just a good if he is that good. At this point he sounds like a potential virus in the lockerroom. And potentially difficult to coach. He can be some other teams problem. Sometimes it’s not just hiw good of a player but also how good of a person.

  10. Cflbestfan // June 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm //

    The sal-cap is starting to really get on my nerves. The Cap has not come close to keeping up with inflation, and the teams cannot offer salaries that are reasonable for people who are willing to ruin their bodies (and now it turns out brains too) for the sport.

    At the very least there should be some exemptions to the Cap for say one American quarterback and maybe some first-round draft choices.

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