Riders ask vets to take pay cuts: Madani

The Saskatchewan Roughriders asked a pair of veteran players to take pay cuts in order to save money on the salary cap, according to 3DownNation contributor and SportsNet reporter Arash Madani.

LaBatte signed a contract extension last August, a deal that reportedly pays him in excess of $200,000 a season and features off-season bonuses typical for a veteran of his stature. Clark’s contract is reportedly in the $150,000 range and also includes off-season money.

The 30-year-old LaBatte played in just three games last season after suffering an injury in a July 16 game against the B.C. Lions. Though initially diagnosed with a concussion, it was later determined that LaBatte had suffered a bruised nerve in his neck. General manager and head coach Chris Jones said in med-Feb that the team had received some good news on the Saskatchewan native but nonetheless planned to “reserve judgment until we actually see him.”

The 28-year-old Clark started 15 games last season and has 39 starts in 70 games over his five year career.


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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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50 Comments on Riders ask vets to take pay cuts: Madani

  1. Bob Knows // March 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm //

    Hmmmm… I hope they said NO!!!

  2. Not sure why this is news…team’s do this all the time.

  3. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm //

    Such a dynamic situation in Sask.Demolish rebuild demolish rebuild,money moving faster then at a Swiss bank on tax day.
    What’s the best song to listen to while reading all these rider stories:
    Everybody loves a clown-Gary Lewis and the playboys?
    Benny Hill theme music?
    Tears of a clown-Smoky Robinson
    Only Fools believe-The Doobie Brothers

  4. George Porge // March 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm //

    Lacking Canadian talent and no starting-calibre quarterback, and Jones is already showing concern for the salary cap?

    This doesn’t bode well for Riderville…

  5. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

    Considering Labatte just signed a contract extension and both are O-linemen its strange.
    Does Jones suddenly realize he’s over spent?
    Is Jones trying to free up money for some circus like misguided big signing (Vince Young maybe)What an insult to a still young veteran like Labatte
    Either way its Mickey Mouse Management

  6. If this was any team other than the Riders it wouldn’t even get a second glance.
    Click bait for dumb Rider fans to complain that Madani/Dunk/ Joel whatever his name is only writing negative articles about the Riders, and for douche bag comment section, chicken little wanna be GMs to spew hate. Of all the pointless BS comments which will follow, the only one that will make sense/have an relevance is the bot telling everyone how to make more money.


    • George Porge // March 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm //

      Cue the Rider fans crying that 3DownNation has it in for their team. Maybe Rod Pedersen can report on another anti-Regina conspiracy.

      Where do you buy Pilsner in Regina? The beer and whine store.

  7. madani and these other reporters never write any positive about the riders why do they dislike the riders

    • stampland // March 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm //

      you rider fans are sounding like Trump.you don’t like something it must be fake news. Open your eyes!!!your team is in the news because everything Jones is doing is raising eye brows.

  8. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm //

    or because riders are a circus organization.

  9. Richard // March 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm //

    OK I’m looking on 3DownNation site for the story about Esks cutting Eddie Steele and Mike Miller (both Nationals) because they were both due roster bonuses….looking….still looking….

    As was stated above, this is standard practice by every CFL team almost non-news at this point

    • Um actually no – not all teams work over cap. I listened the the Waggle last week with Desjardins and he says that they work within the cap during the off-season rather than having to go back and ask veteran players to restructure contracts. I’m sure that there are other successful GMs who also do their best to stay within cap (think Buono Huff, Austin/Tillman). Popp on the other hand (Desjardins worked under him before going to Ottawa) made a practice of signing players to big contracts knowing that he’d be asking them to take a cut or restructure later on to meet his cap. For example it was reported last off season that Popp needed to cut his cap by 300k before the season began. So yes some GMs do this but it isn’t standard practice by all of them.

  10. Look I like the Riders but let’s get real. If the info is true that a) LaBatte is getting north of $200K & b) they signed Dennis for $190K, am I the only 1 who sees a problem here? In 2015 LaBatte, Fulton & Best all played 18 games with Clark sitting out the final 4 meaningless games & this healthy OL gave up the most sacks in the CFL, even worse than the 2nd last place 2016 Riders. And in August, after concussion problems which may still be an issue, LaBatte is paid more than Dennis apparently? Give your head a shake Mr. Jones.

  11. Big Gus // March 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm //

    EW- excellent post. No surprise here at all. LaBatte is a huge question mark, physically. Of course the organization wants him to take a pay cut so he is no longer their highest paid lineman. And props to Richard’s comment. 3 Down nation has been lacking in its western coverage, in Alberta and B.C. The Esks cutting Steele and signing Cummings is news to most.

  12. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm //

    So if Labatte and Clark are being marginalized and Best retiring where does this team gets its Canadian o line depth from? This teams as a disproportionate number of imports (6).Its hard to imagine playing 2 imports is a sustainable option for this team as season moves on and 3 I’m sure would be unprecedented

    • Your premise is false, and as a result your post is essentially nonsense. Labatte and Clark are starters; they are not being “marginalized”.

      Organization could perhaps still benefit from one FA CDN pickup (at least three high-level CDN players on the line remain available), will draft high for an OL in 2017, and has Vonk, Guy, St John, White on roster (3 young guys and one experienced depth piece who can play multiple positions).

      Not all of the INT OL will stick past camp, no doubt.

      Starting 3 INT OL would be problematic, but it’s a silly contention that such a thing is a possibility here. But I see a lot of silliness posted here under the same username. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm //

        of course its silly to start 3 imports linemen that’s why I said it would be unprecedented.Ok that’s all fine and good;those 4 can start no doubt about it.. What happens if 2-3 injuries occur?? Do you replace these Canadians with your import depth? If so where do you adjust your roster?You are speculating picking up another FA or drafting one high. What happens if Lafrance doesn’t prove to be worthy of starting status? Who replaces him?

  13. SaskWatch // March 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm //

    Let’s ignore the fact that all teams do this sort of thing to free up cap space, especially during a rebuild. Let’s ignore the obvious, that TC has yet to occur, let alone TC roster cuts.

    Instead, let’s go with, “The Saskatchewan Roughriders are having salary cap problems”. SMFH

  14. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm //

    well they usually do !
    Instead of trying to cut pay of your Canadian center and guard why not cut other places. As I say this team currently had 6 imports on oline,at least 8 Import receivers. This would account for 14 of 20 imports on your roster (not including IR and PR positions)obviously no where near all of these can stick around. In addition all the money being spend on US scouting there will be even more from these positions coming to camp.Why is his focus on stacking imports while his Canadian talent suffers.Whats his end game? All I see is a train wreck coming from 10 miles away

    • Joey Jojo Junior Shabadoo // March 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm //

      They usually do violate the cap? Usually? Once in last 5 seasons is usually? The last violation was in 2013 when they exceeded the cap by the massive dollar amount of $17,000. They’ve never exceeded by enough to lose a draft pick. Not once. Usually?

      If that’s the standard, then I’m sure you’d be fine with non-Stamp fans saying BLM “usually” chokes in big games.

      • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm //

        Oh Joey I’m so sorry for my mistake. You only violated once in 5 years. Since league implemented this (I think it was 06 or 07) Riders have violated it 4 times!!!.07,08,10,13(only other teams are Montreal once in 07 and Winnipeg once in 09). To say they were only over by 17,000.00 is laughable.That’s like pleading to a judge ” I only pierced the guys heart once with the knife.What’s the big deal?”. A cheat is a cheat..4 times none the less.Again I apologize for my slander.For your benefit I’ll replace usually with often

  15. So Jones signed Labatte last August to a contract extension and now because he has signed too many other expensive contracts since, he is going back on the contract ( his word) and trying to cover his Butt by asking ( Black mailing) these two Canadians to take pay cuts ! If they refuse I’m sure they won’t make it thru training camp ! What they should respond to is they will agree only if Jones takes a 70% cut in his wages for non performance !

    • stampland // March 2, 2017 at 10:37 pm //

      lol good idea Dave

    • Ladd Law // March 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm //

      Dave, are you stampland’s little sister. Seriously, this story is nothing more than Madani stirring the pot because no one reads his dribble.

    • Joey Jojo Junior Shabadoo // March 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm //

      Clark massively under-performed and there is a strong chance that LaBatte’s career could end with another concussion. It isn’t unreasonable or unprecedented for a GM to request this.

      He asked DD to take a pay cut last season, as he was coming back from a debilitating injury. LaBatte’s case is hardly different.

  16. This is a team sport. Maybe the coaches should take a pay cut too….? Maybe the person drafting the contracts should do a better job? The coaches contracts are always honoured, why can’t the players contracts be the same??

  17. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm //

    Labatte /clark would do better on another team anyways.Go somewhere were your boss knows what he doing

  18. stampland // March 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm //

    again the rider fans run away when criticism starts..

  19. Dave- please look up the definition of black mailing.

  20. as a rider fan i am reserving everything until the season starts we are march 3rd TC has yet to come where cuts are mandatory. and stampland as far as your comment to us rider fans running away i think we all know to reserve all criticism and judgement for when it actually matters. you speak about football as if you should be commissioning the league? have you been a GM in the past?> or a head coach? because frankly you seem to think you know everything there is to know about building a team? are you available for interview if our GM doesn’t work out>?

    • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 11:37 am //

      Peter of course I’m no expert.I am entitled however to express my opinion.Look; if I’m wrong explain it to me.8 import receivers and counting and 6 import o lineman and counting ..how does that work? 20 is your roster limit..68 bodies allowed in training camp..explain the scenario where this is viable.

  21. Hey Stampland (whatever that’s supposed to mean) – have you got nothing better to do than sit on 3Downnation all day? I notice you make comments on almost each and every article on this site! You sure you’re not Cliff Calvin, you know, the smart alec know-it-all from Cheers who has an opinion on everything, but really knows nothing? Good luck with life buddy….

  22. Murphy/Jones = Murphy/Kelly

  23. Hey Stampland (whatever that’s supposed to mean) – have you got nothing better to do than sit on 3Downnation all day? I notice you make comments on almost each and every article on this site! You sure you’re not Cliff Clavin, you know, the smart alec know-it-all from Cheers who has an opinion on everything, but really knows nothing? Good luck with life buddy….

    • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 11:45 am //

      well Rod you take the 2 root words..Stamp.(short for Stampeders) and land(earth,kingdom,country,Realm)
      Now put the 2 root words together and you get stampland (Stampeders earth,kingdom,country,Realm).Do you understand now??
      I taught you something and you taught me something.I had no idea who Cliff Clavin was so I looked it up..wow reference from a quarter century old TV show..You must watch ALOT of TV.
      So do you have something constructive is say about the topic.Please share

      • Do you have anything to say constructive stumpland?

        • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm //

          I do Heather !!look above.I say lots of constructive things and give opinions feel free to comment on them please so we don’t have to be in the gutter all the time

  24. Still doesn’t change the facts Stampland that you comment on EVERYTHING on here – you are such an expert on all topics, but still know nothing. You also insult a lot of commenters who also have opinions of their own. Being fans of teams other than your Stamps doesn’t give you the right to insult them. Maybe tone it down a bit and you may find people will have meaningful discussions with you rather than confrontational ones.

    • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm //

      what fans have i insulted who haven’t insulted me first? This is a forum where debate should be allowed .So what if I comment on so many issues.I discovered this site about a month ago and love I can get my CFL fix in the middle of off season

      • How about parents of 13 year olds, the entire Rider fan base, Rider management (Mickey Mouse organization), Joey, Ladd Law, and that’s only on this thread. Debate is one thing but what you do is not considered debate as you like to try to ridicule the opinions of others. And as soon as someone mentions your Stamps or BLM you go ballistic… give it a rest once in awhile.

        • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm //

          all in response to what has said about me.You can say what you want about BLM. We all know you’d do anything to have him on your team right now. Thats the bottom line

          • So now you are assuming I am a Rider fan…you’ve had the BLM argument already with any other posters on many other threads and you lost those ‘debates’ as well so no point in going any further with you… cheers.

  25. Ladd Law // March 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm //

    A-Rash Mad-mani is a Rider hater no better than stampland and others that have it in for all things Green. He’s only trying to stir the pot, because he likes to be all TMZ and get his column read. Not many in Riderville pay attention to his verbal diarrhea, we’ve heard it before. This is an example why that is.

    • stampland // March 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm //

      lol You say rider fans don’t pay attention. Yet here you are commenting!. I know I know; there is a nation wide conspiracy against the riders .That’s why they write only about you.That’s why the league is fining you. I guess that’s the price you pay for being the New England Patriots of the CFL.All those cups,all those division wins,having the best QB of all time,same coach for last 17 years …

  26. Riders will be lucky to win five games this season. So the fans are a little frustrated. After KG starts 0-3 or 1-4. They are going to put on a show. Going to be awesome sauce.

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