GM Danny Maciocia admits Alouettes ‘up against the cap’

Danny Maciocia has been endearingly honest since being hired as the Montreal Alouettes general manager.

Whether it was the late timing of his appointment to the GM position, hiring a personnel staff around him or the major decisions he’s made already, Maciocia has been transparent. He continued the trend by being frank about the current Als’ salary cap situation.

“I know that people don’t like to hear it, but we’re up against the cap. So it’s all a question of how do you want to invest your dollars. It’s like going grocery shopping with $100 and you have to eat for the whole week. You have to be very strategic on how you spend your money,” Maciocia said.

Montreal released quarterback Antonio Pipkin, 2017 Grey Cup MVP receiver DeVier Posey and former CFL all-star defensive back Tommie Campbell prior to February 1 roster bonuses. Those decisions had to be made in order to retain breakout receiver Eugene Lewis for the 2020 season and have funds to try and sign free agent targets.

“Very difficult knowing full well that in order for this to happen we had to do that. And moving forward if we want to sign some other players we knew that we would have to make some tough decisions. This is just part of the reality that we live in right now,” Maciocia said.

“Every team is going through it when you take a look at the transactions across the CFL. We chose to address it earlier and not later. We just wanted to be in a proactive mode then be in a reactive mode and we’re better for it.”

The CFL salary cap is set at $5.3 million for the 2020 season and teams must spend a minimum of $4.7 million on players’ salaries.