What Riders paid for their free agent signings

Chris Jones made two key signings on day one of 2017 CFL free agency and spent some coin to do it.

Saskatchewan’s general manager and head coach got the reigning Most Outstanding Lineman, American left tackle Derek Dennis to sign a three-year pact worth $170,000 with a possible extra $10,000 in bonuses in year one. Then Jones inked Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance for two years in the $110,000 range for 2017.

Dennis got a significant pay bump from what he made in 2016. He hit every single possible bonus and made $71,500 ($52,500 base, $9,000 playtime, $4,500 housing, $2,500 CFL MOP Lineman, $2,000 CFL all-star and $1,000 West division all-star.

After Ottawa selected LaFrance in the sixth round, 45th overall in the 2015 CFL draft he would’ve signed a deal in the $55,000 range, which means he approximately doubled his salary.

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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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5 Comments on What Riders paid for their free agent signings

  1. I can’t believe the league’s best OL was only making a $52K base. Granted he was essentially a nobody before the season started but it’s blasphemous to think he was making less than Ottawa’s fourth-string RB in Lafrance.

  2. George Porge // February 15, 2017 at 9:58 am //

    You want an all-star roster, you either spend, or you scout and develop. Calgary does the latter, which is why they can continuously field top players at bargain prices. Jones has no choice but to spend on players, and he has a lower salary cap than the other teams in the league. Doesn’t leave a lot of room to spend on a quarterback. Regina’s going to have to live with Kevin Glenn and his band of rookie quarterbacks for the foreseeable future.

    • So why does Jones have a lower salary cap, wasn’t that just for last year because he was fined?

      • George Porge // February 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm //

        Actually, you are correct. I thought that the salary cap reduction was for the 2017 salary cap rather than the 2016 cap. Reducing the 2016 salary cap really doesn’t make a lot of sense, as the Riders would have limited control over whether they stay under the 2016 cap.

        Now that I re-read the announcements on it, I think the league didn’t really think it through when they imposed it.

  3. I hope it works out for jones.sometimes the big names don’t pan out and they wished they never changed teams to find out they get released with no where to go.luckily old teams may take them back sometimes.Jones won’t have no money to work with to try to do a deal with Edmonton for franklin best bet franklin stays with edmonton or Ed will trade him to Toronto? Good luck saskatchewan

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