The CFL’s 15 highest-paid offensive linemen for the 2024 season

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A talented offensive line is essential to winning games and preventing injuries at the quarterback position, which is why the big boys up front get paid well. Below we’ve listed the 15 highest-paid blockers in the CFL for the 2024 season.

Over the next week, 3DownNation will be unveiling the CFL’s highest-paid players from each position group. We’ve already covered quarterbacks, running backs, fullbacks, and receivers, and don’t forget to check back on Saturday for the defensive linemen.

“Hard money” is a CFL term that refers to any portion of a contract that is paid even if a player is hurt. This includes base salary, signing bonuses, roster bonuses, housing allowances, travel allowances, and training allowances. Marketing money, which is officially called “non-football-related services,” isn’t always guaranteed, though we’ve decided to include it in hard money for this series.

Any additional components — often referred to as “playtime” or “performance incentives” — are outlined in part or in full in the paragraph accompanying each player. These bonuses are often tied to how much a player sees the field, produces yardage, scores a touchdown, makes tackles, or whether or not they’re named an all-star.

“N” denotes National players (ie. Canadians) and “A” denotes American players.

1) Drew Desjarlais, Ottawa Redblacks (N)

Hard money: $260,000
Maximum value: $266,000

The 26-year-old native of Belle River, Ont. collected a $30,000 roster bonus on Feb. 1 and will receive another $30,000 when he reports to training camp and passes his physical. He will also earn $176,200 in salary, $13,800 in housing money, $1,000 if he’s named an East Division all-star, $2,000 if he’s named a CFL all-star, and $3,000 if he wins a year-end league award.

2) Mark Korte, Edmonton Elks (N)

Hard money: $245,000
Maximum value: $254,000

The former first-round draft pick earned a $30,000 roster bonus on Jan. 15 and will earn another $10,000 in non-football-related services to the team this season. Korte will also make $205,000 in salary, $2,000 if he’s named a West Division all-star, $3,000 if he’s named a CFL all-star, and $4,000 if he wins a year-end league award.

3) Jermarcus Hardrick, Saskatchewan Roughriders (A)

Hard money: $230,500
Maximum value: $235,500

The two-time CFL all-star cashed a $120,000 signing bonus during free agency to join Riderville following an eight-year run with their prairie rivals to the east. The 33-year-old native of Batesville, Miss. will also make $15,000 in non-football-related services to the team, a $2,000 travel allowance, and a maximum of $5,000 in awards incentives.

4) Ryan Hunter, Toronto Argonauts (N)

Hard money: $209,000
Maximum value: $214,000

The native of North Bay, Ont. was named a CFL all-star for the first time this past season and cashed in accordingly, collecting a $100,000 signing bonus on a three-year extension that will make him the league’s highest-paid Canadian player in 2025 and 2026. The six-foot-three, 316-pound blocker will also earn a $5,000 bonus if he’s named an East Division all-star again this year.

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5) Brandon Revenberg, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (N)

Hard money: $205,500
Maximum value: $216,000

The four-time CFL all-star earned a $25,000 signing bonus on his latest extension and will also make $7,500 in non-football-related services to the team this season. Revenberg will also collect $1,500 if he’s named an East Division all-star, $2,000 if he’s named a league all-star, $2,500 if he wins a year-end league award, and $250 each time he plays more than half of his team’s offensive snaps in a game.

6) Sukh Chungh, B.C. Lions (N)

Hard money: $202,000
Maximum value: $202,000

The 32-year-old native of Port Coquitlam, B.C. collected a $50,000 roster bonus on Feb. 1 and will also make $7,000 in non-football-related services to the team in 2024. The rest of the two-time West Division all-star’s earnings will come in the form of a $145,000 salary.

7) David Beard, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (N)

Hard money: $200,000
Maximum value: $206,000

The native of Sherwood Park, Alta. earned a $25,000 roster bonus on Feb. 1 and will also earn $13,800 in housing money, a $5,000 travel allowance, and $5,000 in non-football-related services to the club in 2024 along with a $151,200 salary. Beard also has $6,000 of all-star and award incentives in his contract for this season.

8) Peter Nicastro, Toronto Argonauts (N)

Hard money: $195,000
Maximum value: $210,000

The former first-round pick earned a $40,000 roster bonus on Jan. 15 and will collect another $10,000 when he reports for training camp and passes his physical. The University of Calgary product will also make $555.55 each time he dresses for a regular season game, $2,500 in travel money, and $2,500 in training money.

9) Sean McEwen, Calgary Stampeders (N)

Hard money: $190,000
Maximum value: $196,000

The four-time CFL all-star earned a $30,000 signing bonus to sign back with his hometown team this off-season and will also collect a $3,000 travel allowance and $2,500 in non-football-related services to the team. McEwen also has $6,000 in all-star and award incentives, including $1,000 if he’s named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

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10) Logan Ferland, Saskatchewan Roughriders (N)

Hard money: $186,000
Maximum value: $194,000

The native of Melfort, Sask. cashed a $40,000 signing bonus to remain in Riderville through 2025 after being named the club’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman last year. Ferland will also collect $3,000 in non-football-related services to the team and upwards of $8,000 in awards and all-star incentives.

11) Michael Couture, B.C. Lions (N)

Hard money: $178,800
Maximum value: $195,800

The 30-year-old native of Burnaby, B.C. collected a $35,000 roster bonus on Feb. 1 and will receive another $17,000 the first time he makes B.C.’s active roster during the regular season. Couture will also earn $125,000 in salary, $13,800 in housing money, and $5,000 in non-football-related services to the team.

12) Zack Williams, Calgary Stampeders (N)

Hard money: $172,000
Maximum value: $188,000

The Winnipeg native received a $38,000 roster bonus on Feb. 1 and will collect another $10,000 the first time he dresses for a regular season game in 2024. Williams will also earn $117,000 in salary, $13,800 in housing, $2,000 in non-football-related services to the team, $1,200 in travel, and up to $4,000 in all-star and awards incentives.

13) Brett Boyko, Edmonton Elks (N)

Hard money: $171,000
Maximum value: $185,000

The native of Saskatoon won the starting job at right tackle last season and cashed in on a two-year extension that included a $30,000 signing bonus. Boyko will also make $112,200 in salary, $13,800 in housing money, a $10,000 bonus if he makes Edmonton’s roster at the end of training camp, $5,000 in non-football-related services, and $500 each time he plays more than half of the team’s offensive snaps in a game.

14) Stanley Bryant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (N)

Hard money: $169,800
Maximum value: $176,300

The eight-time all-star and four-time Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman took a slight pay cut to return for a fourteenth season in the CFL and eighth season in Bomberland. The 38-year-old collected a $76,000 signing bonus as part of his new deal and will also earn $75,000 in salary, $13,800 in housing, $5,000 in travel, and up to $6,500 in all-star and awards incentives.

15) Peter Godber, Saskatchewan Roughriders (N)

Hard money: $165,000
Maximum value: $171,000

The former first-round pick out of Rice University started 15 games at centre for the Riders this past season, his first with the team, and collected a $30,000 roster bonus on Feb. 1. The Toronto native will also collect $121,500 in salary, $13,500 in housing, and up to $6,000 in all-star and awards incentives.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.