Riders’ Derek Dennis highest paid American lineman in the league

Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Derek Dennis was the highest paid American offensive lineman in 2017 while playing left tackle and guard last season.

Dennis was signed to a lucrative three-year deal after winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman award in 2016. During his first year with the green and white the 29-year-old started out as the team’s left tackle, but after Bruce Campbell came out of retirement Dennis was shifted to left guard. He started nine games there and missed three due to injury.

The six-foot-three, 341-pounder made over $180,000 this past season and that rises to the high $180,000 range in the final two years. Re-signing Campbell is a priority for Saskatchewan which could mean Dennis stays on the interior of the offensive line. That versatility was one of the reasons the Riders paid him handsomely.

Bombers stalwart Stanley Bryant claimed the 2017 version of the same award Dennis won one year prior. He made $180,000 with Winnipeg last season while starting every single game at left tackle for the Bombers and continued his consecutive games played streak (65).

Bryant, a pending free agent, played at an elite level in 2017 and could be looking for a pay bump.

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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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18 Comments on Riders’ Derek Dennis highest paid American lineman in the league

  1. Scottsask // December 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm //

    He should be asked to restructure. Plus he’s no tackle. His play at guard was far better. He played ok despite being injured from training camp on. I’m happy the Riders stocked up on Canadian o linemen in the draft last year. Darius Bladek will be an all star as soon as 2019. Josiah St. John……well it’s up to him. He has all the physical tools, not sure he had the desire. Plus I’ll be interested to see if Jeremy Zver can play at the pro level.

    • Meredith and Adusei are interesting prospects too. I sure hope Bladek is ready to start, and maybe JSJ too. That would allow us to trade Dennis to an eastern team.

  2. Last year, Jones was restructuring so that he had cap space to pay some better O lineman. So he paid a ridiculous amount to Dennis who ended up being a bust at left tackle here. Now I think that Jones will have to take some money away from O lineman, Dennis in particular, so that he has some money to pay a QB. Even if you think that Brandon Bridge is your guy, he will want a substantial increase or will test free agency. Kind of a vicious circle that Jones has gotten himself into.

    • riderontheisland // December 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

      It’s kinda his job. Dennis was banged up off and on last season so I don’t know if changes are required this year, but I won’t be surprised if Jones asks him to restructure. Much better Canadian depth right now as well so playing time will become the push and may help force reductions in current salary.

  3. White Horse // December 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm //

    Dennis was a bust for 2017. Huff let him walk after the 2016 season. Dennis obviously over rated and over paid. Huff let Stanley Bryant walk also. Over paid even for a left o-line tackle.
    Randy Richards is Stamps left tackle now and is a free agent in Feb. Huff will likley let him walk also.

  4. Jones won’t have cap space this year I bet

    • It depends. On the OL our best line was with Labbat at centre, so we could let Clark walk and maybe trade Dennis to an eastern team, and then plug Bladek into Labbat’s guard spot and we would have shed a tonne of salary.

  5. BigRedMachine // December 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm //

    Rightly or wrongly, Huf has determined that Import O-lineman is not a position he will pay a premium for therefore we tend to lose pretty good ones through free agency. Don’t know what happened to Dennis last year but he sure graded out well the year before.

    • riderontheisland // December 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm //

      I don’t think he was healthy because he was injured towards the end of camp and didn’t look good initially. I think had we been in a better position on the line at the beginning of the season he may have missed some time to properly heal.

  6. He had a tougher time in Saskatchewan because he had to block longer. Mitchell gets rid of the ball very quickly in Calgary unlike Glenn or Bridge with Riders..

  7. he can always take colemans place on the rooster coleman is a pylon

  8. Dennis might find out a reduced contract is better than no contract. His journey to various NFL tryouts did not work out for him last time he gave them a go.

  9. Bottom line is its at the end mostly up to Dennis how things go. HE can be realistic take a bit of a haircut this year( place faith in his loss in $$$ results in a team ring at seasons end possibly or he can be selfish — but possibly have no job come june/july. It will be interesting to see how much of a TEAM player Dennis is , seems Calgary brings ALOT of these talented but yet seemingly very ME ME ME first players into the league and wind up floating aroud the league once FFLUFFNagel uses them for a season or two a bargin basement prices, a very NFL type approach towards players as human , hmmmmmmm MAYBE that is WHY they CHOKE !!!!— lots of behind doors devaluing of them by FLUFFnagel !!!! as human beingings— yeap that I believe is EXACTLY what FLUFFNAGEL is can qualify for worlds bniggrest A-hole closely followed by DICKmepleasemson ;;; great human trash those two!!!

    • BigRedMachine // December 7, 2017 at 1:00 am //

      Well I suppose I could come back with equally classless remarks about Rider employees but I don’t like to feed trolls. Stop being such a donkey…

  10. greenenvy? // December 6, 2017 at 9:23 pm //

    How exactly do you know he’ll be an All-Star by 2019, Scottsask?? Bladek was rated #11 in the draft but Jones had him @ #1, according to him. He had St. John at #1 the previous year while there were 3 OL – Revenberg, McEwen & Lauzon-Seguin who were their team’s rookie of the year nominees in year 1. McEwen was a CFL All-Star in year 2. All were starters in year 1. Bladek was FAR from a starter his 1st year & combined with St. John necessitated the Riders playing 3 imports. Dyakowski, rated by ex-OL & Rider lover Abou-Mechrek, was a bust in the 2nd half but still started over those 2 high draft choices. Take off the green glasses. After his 1st year there is no way you can say Bladek is ready to start next year. As for St. John – a complete bust & certainly unworthy of his selection @ #1. One comment on Bonecrusher – find another handle. Calling out Hughes & Lemon before the season was a bit of a joke. The Riders couldn’t handle either of them. At least Campbell had to face Lemon in the final. Otherwise there might have been double the sacks.

  11. Winnipeg uses the bonus system to camouflage their SMS. Stanley is quite open to the system as is overpaid loser Justin Medlock.
    Wade Miller is a joke of a CEO and name one other 1st time coach that gets a five year run of ineptitude. The only thing left is to order the statues for outside the stadium.

    • BigRedMachine // December 7, 2017 at 10:33 am //

      Bonuses still count toward SMS. They do give a bit of flexibility as to when they are paid out though….

  12. OldBaldGuy // December 9, 2017 at 11:36 am //

    Are you in grade 3 getfit51? I’d take Huff over a lot of others in this league. “humanbeingings?” Ya need more meds.

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