Josiah St. John on track to be CFL’s top paid rookie

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.

Taken  Name Salary Term Team
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
No.10 Michael Couture $75,000  2+1 Bombers

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.