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:
RT .@joeyalfieri#CFL Sources have informed me that the #Ticats shelled out $70,000 in offseason bonuses to Ryan Bomben this winter. Trading him away after giving up that kind of money up front is mind-boggling. #Alouettes #TSN690 #AlsMTL
— CFL News (@CFL_News) May 4, 2018
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.