What top 2016 CFL draft picks got paid and how it relates to Josiah St. John

With Josiah St. John, the first overall pick in the 2016 CFL draft, locked in a contract standoff with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, let’s take a look at what the five offensive linemen who were drafted in the top 10 will make in “guaranteed” money – signing bonus+housing+base salary – in 2016. Each of the players listed below also has the ability to earn playtime incentives should they meet the requirements stipulated on paper.

Taken  Name Salary Term Team
No. 2 Philippe Gagnon $72,000 2+1 Montreal
No. 3 Brandon Revenberg $77,000 2+1 Hamilton
No. 5 Charles Vaillancourt $74,000 2+1 B.C.
No. 7 Jason Lauzon-Seguin $75,000 2+1 Ottawa
No.10 Michael Couture $75,000  2+1 Winnipeg

Sources say that a competitive three-year pact – which included more guaranteed money than No. 3 overall pick Revenberg – was pitched by the Riders front office shortly after the team selected the six-foot-six, 309-pound Oklahoma product on May 10. But after St. John, who is represented by agent Jonathon Hardaway, rejected the proposal and didn’t show up for rookie camp, Saskatchewan countered by dropping their offer to the league minimum salary on a two-year deal. That would see St. John earn $52,000 this season and $53,000 in 2017.

St. John is looking for compensation in line with what the top picks received last year. In 2015, Ottawa Redblacks centre Alex Mateas (first overall) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers guard Sukh Chungh (second) both received signing bonuses plus base salaries of more than $80,000, with playing incentives that could have added more than $20,000 to their total.

The 24-year-old lineman initially said he was willing to hold out until the regular season began and 3DownNation reported Thursday that he’s asked Saskatchewan for a trade.


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