Blue Bombers back in action, training camp in full swing, signs Liam Dobson
Football in Winnipeg came to a halt when the Blue Bombers participated in the first league-wide strike in nearly 40 years. The CFL and CFLPA were in talks for several days before calling a halt.
The CFLPA was concerned about how gauge numbers were calculated. They believed that the revenue sharing formula excluded Concessions and Gray Cup Championship. Co-cessions and the Gray Cup championship not being included in the The revenue sharing formula excludes means that revenue will not be audited.
Blelow is a list of what the CFL had offered.
$18.9 million in total guaranteed league-wide salary cap increases.
• $5.94 million in guaranteed compensation paid for community outreach and league-wide promotional appearances.
• An opportunity for twenty-five percent of total revenue growth above an agreed threshold, to be added to the salary cap from 2023.
• Clubs would be allowed to re-sign their veterans to partially guaranteed contracts, a first for the CFL.
• A club would be allowed to choose an American player (non-quarterback), who has been in the league for at least four years or who has played with the same team for at least three years, who would be considered a nationalized American.
• This Nationalized American would count as a National on the list. He would join 20 or 21 Canadians who also count as nationals on the list.
• Each roster would have a minimum of seven national starters. This would include at least six Canadian players. The seventh starter could be either the nationalized American or an additional Canadian.
• The list would also include three quarterbacks of any nationality, 19 Americans and up to two World players.
• A starting Canadian quarterback would count as a National (Canadian).
• These list changes would come into effect from 2023.
• The minimum wage would increase to $70,000 in 2023 and $75,000 in 2027.
• An updated code of conduct that applies to all members of the CFL community, including fans, rather than just players.
The strike ended Wednesday night, May 18, opening the door to the full resumption of training camps and the first on-time start to the regular season since 2019. The AFLCP distributed a memo to all players saying that would personally explain the new agreement.
The Blue Bombers were slightly affected by the strike as their game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders was postponed from May 23 to May 31.
The first day of Blue Bombers training camp was filled with happiness and hard work for you to notice how dark and depressing it was outside. Veteran right tackle Jermarcus Hardrick compared the day to a child opening his toys on Christmas Day.
“It’s almost hard to put this into words,” he began, “but I would say it’s like a kid dreaming about these toys over and over again, and he knows he’s going to wake up and Seeing all these presents under the tree. Day 1 of training camp… It’s Christmas for me. I knew there would be presents, and there are a lot of them here. I’m so excited.
Star linebacker Adam Bighill weighed on team morale on Day 1.
“Every time you have the opportunity to come here and play football, it’s a special feeling. And obviously, after missing the first two days of camp, it’s even better when you come out here because you know how important it is for everyone.
“It was quite exhausting due to the amount of responsibility, amount of work, time and focus. It’s not easy and I wanted to carry that burden for the guys and try to make this league a better place and be part of it. To get there, it’s worth it. »
Day two of training camp was filled with even more excitement as two of the team’s draft picks officially bled Blue and Gold. The first to officially join the team was pick No. 13 of 2021 Tyrell Ford. Ford recently participated in mini cmaps with the New York Jets and Pittsburg Steelers.
“I’m a competitive guy and I want to get out there,” Ford told a crowd of media after practice Friday. “Obviously I want to try to start at the corner, whoever the team is, and contribute to the special teams, which is a big part of that. But I just want to go out and compete and be a big part of the hat-trick.
“I know it’s a big step from college and there are a lot of moving parts, but once I understand the playbook I think I can definitely contribute to the team.”
The second player to join the team is 2021 number three Liam Dobsom. Inked Dobsom has been named for two years after a short stint with the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers. Dobson is an excellent candidate to replace Drew Desjarlais at left guard, who signed with the New England Patriots in January.