Ticats paid Ryan Bomben $70,000 in bonuses before trading him: report

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats paid offensive lineman Ryan Bomben $70,000 in off-season bonuses – money that will count against their salary cap – before trading him to the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday.

The report comes via TSN’s Joey Alfieri:

The Ticats dealt Bomben and the second overall pick to Montreal in exchange for, essentially, the first overall pick and a second-round pick in 2019. They also moved up three spots in the fourth round of this year’s draft and got a sixth-rounder in exchange for a seventh.

In addition to Bomben – a 30-year-old who has started 48 games over three seasons and was a CFL East Division all-star the last two years – the Ticats sent the second overall pick, American receiver Jamal Robinson (who they liked) and a neg list player who, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsly, is quarterback Alex Tanney who recently signed with the New York Giants.

Bomben is reportedly earning approximately $175,000 per season – about the going rate for a Canadian all-star offensive lineman.

If the Ticats have already taken that kind of cap hit, it makes it less likely that they move was made to free up cap space to sign quarterback Johnny Manziel as has been speculated.


42 Comments on Ticats paid Ryan Bomben $70,000 in bonuses before trading him: report

  1. Area51 // May 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm //

    That deal is looking even better now for Montreal.

    • This Montrealer didn’t fall off the milk truck // May 4, 2018 at 10:38 pm //

      Very sneaky Mr Drew Edwards.
      You get your information from the player and get JA to break it from the East to manage optics. You already penned an emotional piece with details that would only come from the player himself. Now we are really going to believe that Joey ran into this information?

  2. GregoryZ // May 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

    Bomben could be a bit of an immature jerk sometimes especially when you put him in a room with Filer. Wonder if June Jones just straight up didn’t like him?

  3. Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm //

    I’m sure that all weighted into the decision. I have faith in the Ti-cats

  4. Jones must see Chapman as an immediate game changer and have a quality offensive linemen to replace Bomben to pay such a high price.Chapman must be idea for the Jone’s run and shot offense.

  5. MoneyTeam // May 4, 2018 at 7:05 pm //


  6. Billinburlington // May 4, 2018 at 7:34 pm //

    I wonder if the timing of Bomden’s Departure so soon after Kent’s demotion were related. Was Kent holding back on this deal? The payout is yet another reason not to like the deal from the Ticat fan perspective.

    • Absolutely does. So does the Collaros and Adams deals. Jones has a very specific skill set he wants to make his run and shoot offense work. Hamilton will be a very good team this year. The battles with the Argonauts will be Epic. Two horse race in the East with the other two teams fighting it out with the western teams for the remaining spot.

  7. Noodles Romanoff // May 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm //

    From a business perspective, it doesn’t make sense (cents), but from the perspective of just doing what’s right, I like it.

  8. White Horse // May 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm //

    Kavis has done some shifty, shrewd deals and he is looking hyper in his big ear to ear grin. Ok Kavis?
    I think you should have Drew Tate as insurance???

  9. Does this take 70 k off Bombens salary for 2018 or is the 70K bonus a real bonus in addition to his 2018 salary?

    • MoneyTeam // May 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm //

      This is part of his 2018 salary, his roster bonus. It’s the bonus that most people get upset about and cry foul when they hear “Player X was cut 1 day before he was due a $70k roster bonus”. If he was getting paid $175k in 2018, Ticats paid him $70k already, which goes against their cap, and now the Als pay $105k for 2018 which goes against their cap. So sweetens the deal even more for MTL and makes it more suspect for HAM.

    • CFLFIRST // May 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm //

      The 70K would have been part of his total 175 or 195 or whatever the total salary was. The Als are basically getting an all star canadian for 105 to 125 range. The more I look at the Als, the more I like some of their moves. I like Muamba. As a rider fan I wish we would have kept Muamba and we were dumb enough to pay him a 35K bonus so the Als got a break on him.

      The Als have one major failing and that’s at the QB position. It’s going to be a frustrating year for them because they have some talent, but the most important position is a mess. Drew Willy doesn’t have it and Freeman doesn’t know the game, hasn’t played any football in years and is on the wrong side of 30. If the Als are building this year it would have been better to do it bringing 4 young guys into camp.

  10. who cares it is a done deal!

  11. Ticats probably paid the money to Bomben expecting him to be on their roster this year – then they got their eye on Chapman and went to Montreal to see what they wanted in exchange for the top pick and that became Bomben – they weighed all the odds and decided to do it anyways – I don’t really like the deal but Bomben could be back in a year as a free agent and we would still have Chapmen assuming he pans out as expected.

  12. Commander June Jones must have ordered his staff to assure they got Chapman. They paid a ton…

  13. Jones said “I want that Ferrari” “I don’t get what it costs, get it”.

    No wonder Austin has no place anymore. I wonder if he pops up in Montreal?

  14. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made. I’d rather Bomben not have been traded too, but if Chapman comes in and shows why he deserved the hype and top pick, that will be forgotten.

    The Cats have more cash to play with this year anyway. Collaros’ contract is off their books, Fantuz was not re-signed, and they’re probably saving a bit at RB without Gable. That all does balance against raises for players re-signed (especially Masoli), but Collaros and Fantuz alone represented a substantial chunk of the cap space.

    • MoneyTeam // May 4, 2018 at 10:46 pm //

      I agree, but unless that cash goes to Manizel (and maybe it does, I still think moving Bomben was to get $$$ for him) there are no other FAs to sign and spend that money on. All the big ones are gone, it’s too late to clear salary and bring someone in bc there isn’t anyone…

      • Those rookie deals won’t be cheap. Chapman will get 100k plus 25k signing bonus. Ciraco will get at least 80k and a signing bonus.

        • MoneyTeam // May 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm //

          That seems a bit high to me but to be honest I have no idea what they’ll sign for.

      • I don’t think signing veteran CFL free agents is an issue to consider now. The team has likely already balanced off what it “saved” vs. what it expects to spend this year, and factored that math into trading Bomben and signing Chapman.

        We also need to think about players who spent most or much of last year on the 6-game inactive list (and salaries did not count to the SMS) but should now be expected to play. That list would include Daly and Toliver who were gone the whole year, plus Demond Washington and Abdul Kanneh each missed 11 games. The first two were on their second contracts, so making more than minimum, and the latter two were FA acquisitions (DW in 2016, AK in 2017). They saved on Fantuz that way too last year, but don’t have to plan for his salary now.

      • There is an American receiver that may become available that would raise the Cats to a new level and absolutely jam the stadium.

        • Comment Awaiting Censorship // May 5, 2018 at 3:40 am //

          I don’t think Dez wants to play in the CFL. And the stadium regularly sells out even with the pathetic product the Ti-cats have put out recently. No American receiver is going to help them sell tickets for non-existent seats.

      • Money team. The chances of Manziel coming are very good. W e will know soon. Am sure there is money protected for Manziel. He pfrobably will be in the 250k plus range.

        • MoneyTeam // May 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm //

          I agree that they had already earmarked money for him. I initially thought this was to kinda sweeten the deal but I don’t know how much of an impact it has anymore with this bonus payment.

        • wewert3 // May 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

          250k is more than Hamilton is paying Jeremiah Masoli. Not going to happen if Masoli is the starter. A more realistic figure for Manziel is roughly what Ryan Bomben was making.

          • MoneyTeam // May 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm //

            Manziel would probably get less than Masoli yeah, but Masoli’s 1st year is max $325k, so paying Manziel $250k after incentives is not out of the question. Manziel obv would get a lucrative merch deal as well, you would have to think.

  15. Well, this Chapman dude looks about 6′ and 180 pounds alright, as per his bio…soaking wet that is. TC have enough smurf receivers. And DB’s for that matter.

  16. If they go with 2 canuck receivers as starters,they can plug in an american O lineman,cheap. That makes Chapman a ratio buster. They can also start 2 canucks on the Dline. That makes Laurent a ratio buster. Bottom line; they have really good Canadian talent, therefore they will be a good team.

  17. Freelasagnahunter // May 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm //

    Carping about a one time payout that landed a player that ould pay off in multiple ways for YEARS.

    HTC fans are the most negative mopers in the league. No other fanbase comes close.

  18. Accept it…Cats got fleeced. Chapman might turn out to be a solid national receiver, but way too high a price for a guy who right now is probably no better than The average rookie import receiver. Seems that Kavis isn’t so bad at his job after all. And all the hype aside, the team turnaround under Jones was more about getting away from Kent than Jones was a messiah. Nothing in life and football is ever as bad or as good as it might look.

  19. Beamreach // May 6, 2018 at 10:00 am //

    Chapman was worth going after for his potential alone. We lost Fantuz to Sask Strong for half a decade ,his best years screwing up that draft …
    We never got fleeced …We got Chapman!
    Team who gets the best Player wins eventually, maybe not for a few years ,then tune in hopefully and enjoy the completions as the Al’s DB’s get fleeced…

  20. Sounds like Bomben SIMPLY got a 70K CASH ADVANCE on his 2018 PLAYING CONTRACT/SALARY. A TRUE 70K BONUS would be in ADDITION to his 175K contract for 2018. I guess this way he or any other player with this type contract simply gets its paid out over 12 months vs over 6 months. Tax wise probably helps out somewhat.

    • MoneyTeam // May 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm //

      That’s not what roster bonuses are. They are there to protect a player in the case of them being released and losing the full value of their salary for the year. In a world where Bomben was just cut and not re-signed, he got paid $70k for 2018 instead of $0, and played no games.

  21. Barry McCawkiner // May 6, 2018 at 10:44 pm //

    Who cares? Not my money. If they wanted Chapman, they got him. There’s a reason bomben was “dumped” to move up one draft spot. Most of us will never know the real reason.

  22. Nope Mr. Catelli…you need to be corrected. The “negativism” comes from years (18 in fact) from failing to reach the Promised Land…some in the most gut wrenching, heart breaking ways (even Hollywood couldn’t script some of this stuff). We TC fans have earned that right to be “negative” based on this, management blunders playing a big part as well. So when you have a leaky pipe already (like the TC O Line), and you remove a coupling (Bomben) you would expect the pipe to leak more. Time will tell.

  23. patlynch // May 7, 2018 at 7:07 am //

    This is the last year in Bomben’s contract and he was well treated by the Cats. When he becomes a free agent, Hamilton could be a destination. You never know !

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