Chris Jones made two key signings on day one of 2017 CFL free agency and spent some coin to do it.
Saskatchewan’s general manager and head coach got the reigning Most Outstanding Lineman, American left tackle Derek Dennis to sign a three-year pact worth $170,000 with a possible extra $10,000 in bonuses in year one. Then Jones inked Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance for two years in the $110,000 range for 2017.
Dennis got a significant pay bump from what he made in 2016. He hit every single possible bonus and made $71,500 ($52,500 base, $9,000 playtime, $4,500 housing, $2,500 CFL MOP Lineman, $2,000 CFL all-star and $1,000 West division all-star.
After Ottawa selected LaFrance in the sixth round, 45th overall in the 2015 CFL draft he would’ve signed a deal in the $55,000 range, which means he approximately doubled his salary.