Sources: Riders paying non-roster players

After Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell lifted the lid on the Riders roster recon in Riderville, more information is emerging about Saskatchewan’s off-the-books player program.

Sources say the Riders have two houses where the extra players are living and that players are being paid by the club. Non-rostered quarterbacks receive $1,000 per week while everyone else gets $300.

Both the housing arrangements and payments would be clear violations of CFL rules. Teams are allowed to have a 46-man active roster and 10 players on the practice roster. Those PR athletes must sign an agreement that entitles them to a minimum of $750 per week plus housing or a housing allowance.

Players who are not under contract cannot practice with the team and by paying players off the books, the Riders are circumventing the CFL’s $5.1-million salary cap.

While Mitchell started the current firestorm with a series of tweets Tuesday night, it wasn’t the first time he’d made his concerns public. Back in June, Mitchell put out a cryptic tweet after the Roughriders officially announced the signing of Buddy Jackson on June 21.

Calgary’s franchise pivot appeared to be correct. Jackson posted on social media looking for a bike during training camp and working out in Riders gear long before he put pen to paper.



CFL officials were in Regina last week and the league has said it is investigating Mitchell’s claims.

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