Eskimos to compensate Redblacks after hiring Brock Sunderland

Edmonton will pay Ottawa half of Brock Sunderland’s 2017 salary to the Redblacks after hiring the 37-year-old as Eskimos general manager, but there will no additional compensation, per sources.

According to league guidelines, for there to be any additional compensation – draft picks or players – exchanged between the two teams, the terms must be clearly stated in writing at the time that the permission to interview is granted. There was nothing specified when Edmonton received the go-ahead to interview Sunderland.

As for the half salary payment, the protocol from the CFL’s anti-tampering document outlines the exact details:

“Should all the parties agree that a non-player employee can engage in discussions with another club, and if he signs with that other club, the requesting club shall pay to the former club 50 percent of the non-player employee’s existing base salary for the year in question, to a maximum of $100,000. This clause shall only apply if the non-player employee is under contract for the following football season.”

Some personnel men across the league feel the half-salary stipulation could hinder advancement while also limiting their job security: scouts and coaches who sign long-term deals could miss out on opportunities as teams look to avoid paying the extra salary.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.