Josiah St. John’s new contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders will likely make him the highest paid 2016 CFL Draft pick.
The No. 1 overall pick and the Riders ended a long contract impasse by coming to terms on a three-year deal on June 29.
Sources say the Oklahoma product will make $77,000 in base salary for 2016 with $25,000 paid in a salary advance – the most up front money of any 2016 draft pick.
|N0. 1||Josiah St. John||$77,000||2+1||Riders|
|No. 2||Philippe Gagnon||$72,000||2+1||Alouettes|
|No. 3||Brandon Revenberg||$77,000||2+1||Ticats|
|No. 5||Charles Vaillancourt||$74,000||2+1||Lions|
|No. 7||Jason Lauzon-Seguin||$75,000||2+1||Redblacks|
If St. John is on the Riders’ active roster for six games in 2016, he’ll collect over $80,000 in his first CFL season. And playtime incentives – if reached – could improve that total even more.
St. John will also receive the most “guaranteed” money over the three-year term (around $280,000 without playtime bonuses) of any 2016 pick, though it is still shy of the contracts doled out to Alex Mateas and Sukh Chungh (more than $290,000 each) who were selected No. 1 and 2 in 2015. Chungh earned more than Mateas last season via playtime bonuses because he started all 18 games for Winnipeg in his rookie campaign.
After Saskatchewan picked the six-foot-five, 309-pounder on May 10 the two sides went through a deadlock in negotiations, while St. John said he would hold out until the regular season and then asked for a trade.