Eskimos GM Sunderland makes ‘very unpopular’ decision to cut Bowman

Edmonton releasing long-time Eskimo and outstanding citizen Adarius Bowman caused some backlash.

Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland knows what he meant to Edmonton.

“I think the world of Adarius Bowman, I had a long conversation with him and he knows how I feel about him. I know what he’s meant to this community, to this organization, the Tom Pate award winner, Adarius 4 Austism – I can spend three hours here and I don’t know if I’d have enough time to compliment him as a professional, as a player and as a person,” Sunderland said.

“It’s the hard part of the business. Unfortunately, in my role, I’m here to make the right decisions, not the popular or the easy ones. And I know this is a very unpopular one, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I kept players around for sentimental value or reasons other than what we think to help this football team.”

Sunderland stated two main reasons for cutting Bowman.

“The main one was who we have as international receivers on the roster right now…we have a plethora of international receivers that we have a lot of confidence in. The other factor, being very candid, salary cap implications,” he told the assembled media.

Derel Walker, Vidal Hazelton, Duke Williams, Bryant Mitchell and Kenny Stafford along with CFL rookies to be Shaq Hill and Devante “Speedy” Noil were the group Edmonton’s GM pointed out.

“We’re very fortunate to have a very deep arsenal of wide receivers and that did play a part of it. If we didn’t think that we could replace these guys, we wouldn’t do it, in particular with Adarius,” Sunderland said.

“That’s the cycle of football and rosters, eventually you have to turn it over if you don’t my belief is you’re setting up for more losses than wins.”

Bowman was due a $140,000 roster bonus at the end of the day Feb. 5 as part of a $265,000 salary for the 2018 season.

“We had multiple conversations with Adarius and his agent and we had different scenarios that were I think at times a little bit close,” Sunderland explained.

“Then ultimately it came down to I don’t think we could find a solution that all parties were good with so the ugly part of the business. He’s an Eskimo for life.”