Toronto made a major investment to land Marc Trestman.
The 61-year-old head coach will make north of $600,000 annually on his three-year deal with the Argos, per sources.
Head coaches in the CFL generally earn in the $275,000 to $400,000 range while those with a dual general manager-head coach title can expect a salary in excess of $500,000. For Trestman to be among the top-paid executives in the CFL while solely a head coach is likely to garner attention around the league.
While Trestman guided the Alouettes from 2008 to 2012, Montreal won the East Division regular season title four times and two Grey Cups – back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. He accumulated 59 wins in 90 regular season games and went 5-3 in the playoffs. Then the Minneapolis, Minnesota native was hired as the Chicago Bears head coach in 2013. Trestman spent two seasons in the “Windy City”, but he was fired after the 2014 campaign with a 13-19 record.
After that, the Baltimore Ravens named Trestman their offensive coordinator for the 2015 season, but John Harbaugh fired him this past October after 21 regular season games with the team.
You have to credit the Argos ownership for opening up the vault to land Trestman.