Ticats make Delvin Breaux highest paid DB in the CFL

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added an all-star calibre defensive back in Delvin Breaux and it cost them.

Breaux will make just under $200,000 in hard money on the 2018 contract with the Tiger-Cats and it could easily go over that number with incentives. Multiple CFL teams inquired about Breaux’s services which drove the price tag up.

That makes Breaux the highest paid defensive back in the CFL, topping the approximately $175,000 earned by Canadians Antoine Pruneau (Ottawa) and Courtney Stephen (Hamilton) and well in excess of the around $150,000 being paid to American Tommie Campbell by the Montreal Alouettes.

Orlondo Steinauer was with the Ticats as the team’s defensive coordinator the two seasons Breaux played in the Hammer, coaching and developing him to elite status. Breaux followed the Ticats games while playing three seasons for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. That familiarity helped the Ticats bring Breaux back as Hamilton secures an NFL calibre cover man.

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38 Comments on Ticats make Delvin Breaux highest paid DB in the CFL

  1. Oskee Wee Wee // June 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm //

    Well deserved… this guy can play

    • good signing by ticats now here we come will he play Friday night in Edmonton ?

    • But we don’t know if he can play. He was released by the Saints because of injury problems and no other NFL team wanted him. Is he the same player he was?

  2. Great for our young secondary to watch an elite CB in action

  3. Yesss

  4. Nice signing by the Cats. Also nice to see a player showing some loyalty to a team he played for.111

    • Don’t know if it was “loyalty” no other team would’ve offered him 200k. You go where the money is.

  5. He’s a baller. Glad to have him back.

  6. Apparently the TiCats have cap room. Do they have room for Chapman?

    • Good point

    • Where's Shultz? // June 18, 2018 at 7:14 pm //

      I’d take a former all-star DB over a rookie Candian receiver every time.

    • I think they have given up on Chapman. At least Breaux is a proven NFL and CFL player. Chapman has never played professional football and has not attended a CFL camp.
      I think he is sitting around waiting for an NFL chance

  7. That’s a lot of money for a couple of DB’s hope this works!

  8. I like Breaux but that’s a lot of money to be giving to one DB, and an import DB at that. And wait, Courtney Stephen is making $175K? Meanwhile Chapman continues to sit on the sidelines.

  9. is he game ready for that price? If so get him in and let him start earning his cash.
    He may also be enticed to stick around for the rest of his career.

  10. Clay Connor // June 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm //

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Courtney Stephen traded if he’s lost his starting job to Mike Daly. $175K is a lot of money to pat a back up safety & special teams player.

    • Clay Connor // June 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm //

      Pay, not pat.

    • Excellent point!

    • With Washington released the cap space has likely been made.

      I don’t see the Cats trading Stephen regardless. Daly’s stock may have gone up (and I like him a lot, good player) but Stephen’s versatility will still be valuable and he’ll be used a lot.

  11. MoneyTeam // June 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm //

    Maybe this is why Kanneh got traded to Toronto. Had to be having discussions with Breaux at that point and their salaries are close to the same.

  12. I think Breaux would be ideal at SAM too. Great cover guy and great tackler.

  13. I wonder how much he made from saints? A few million at least. He can report back to the Saints on a possible replacement for Drew Brees. locker room intel.

  14. 529 k per year from saints. So 200 k not far off. CFL catching up.

  15. Soooo….the cats trade up in the draft and sacrifice a starting O lineman so they get first crack at a starting calibre Cdn receiver named Mark Chapman. Then they low ball Chapman and at the same time over pay for an import CB. Yeah, it all makes sense now.

    • MoneyTeam // June 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm //

      I dunno if I’d go that far. Chapman is being “low balled” because they want to reset the bar for top picks plus he has no other option but to sign with them if he wants to play. Also was a bit of a salary dump moving Bomben.
      Kanneh was being paid the same amount as Breaux now is so they swapped one-for-one. We should all expect Breaux to be significantly better than Kanneh, assuming he stays healthy.

  16. $200k for 6 months work and nice signing by the Ti Cats.

  17. Delvin is a great guy.

  18. Courtney should be the starting safty but the ticats don’t like winning. Daly is so confused back there doesn’t make any plays and is very slow. Week 4 Courtney back to safty and Daly back to special teams. Then they can start winning again.

  19. Hope Breaux is fully recovered from his injuries. A good signing and good to see the TiCats are paying a guy playing DB from the states TOP DOLLAR vs low ball money since DBs down south are a dime a dozen. The recent Argo trade and not sign Chapman most likely freed up the cap money to sign him.

  20. waveman // June 19, 2018 at 8:33 am //

    ti-cats gave him the cash because they need him badly, suspect crop of db’s, not to mention no running game, small recievers and an nfl defence against cfl offences, yikes! if mitchel didn’t have a bad day the stamps would’ve crushed the cats. luckily the east is weak again, jones better be working overtime

  21. Millsie // June 19, 2018 at 8:54 am //

    Once Delvin gets familiar with the rule changes that have taken place since he last played here in 2014, he will once again become the Dominant Back in the CFL. The Rule Changes…. and they directly affect the way he plays the game physically, and whether he has completely healed the Broken Fibula that caused him to miss some of 2016 & all of 2017 is what everybody will be watching. I say… Good Luck, and Welcome back… The Breaux Show !!!

  22. Tiger man // June 19, 2018 at 10:29 am //

    In a league that loves to pass…this is a solid signing…Delvin has kept his Hamilton connection through his time in New Orleans…

    He is king of the secondary in this town!!!!!

  23. Hopefully he stays Healthy.As for Chapman.They turned him into a Monster by trading up for the pick.And not having a deal done before the trade.So they give him what they have left. Send some practice roster guys home. They cant hit in practice so u dont need all those guys. To many bodies to practice.Not enough reps for the guys that are starters and Back -ups.Chapman. Maybe trade bait.or sign him.. Go over the cap. No BIG DEAL.For Bob Young.

    • canadianfootballfan // June 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm //

      That’s what I thought all along… Hamilton did the trade for the 1st pick a full day before the draft, so why not do a quick deal with Chapman in that 24 hours?

      • MoneyTeam // June 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm //

        Interesting thought/theory – maybe part of this move to trade up was a defensive move to keep him away from another team? He cant play for anyone else right now while he sits and waits.

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