Mike Benevides won’t return as Eskimos defensive coordinator due to football operations cap

Mike Benevides is the latest casualty of the new CFL non-player operations cap.

The Edmonton Eskimos will not have Benevides back on their coaching staff in 2019.

“As a result of the newly implemented football operations salary cap, we could not come to terms with Mike Benevides,” general manager Brock Sunderland said in a statement. “Mike worked as hard as anybody for this organization, and the Eskimos wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Benevides had been the team’s assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator since Jason Maas took over as Eskimos head coach in 2016. Prior to joining the Eskimos, Benevides spent three seasons as head coach of the B.C. Lions (2012-14).

“I will truly miss the amazing fan base and people of Edmonton, the relationships I’ve built with the players and all those in the Edmonton Eskimo organization, as well as working for Jason,” the Toronto native said in a statement.

The cap, set at just under $2.59 million for the next two seasons, has already had a marked effect on the league.

-with CP files

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