If 3DownNation’s report is true, this is totally unfair: linebacker Otha Foster, after being cut by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, rejoined the Roughriders after the CFL team sent a private airplane to bring him to Saskatchewan.
The Riders and their fans think it’s cool, not against any rules and that it’s OK to pamper Foster with a private plane because the community-owned franchise has more money than the league’s other eight teams.
But it’s not OK in a league that struggles to stay financially afloat.
Thirty years ago the CFL implemented a salary cap that covered every imaginable expenditure. It was supposed to keep all its teams on an equal footing, giving them a chance to survive and vie for a Grey Cup.
It saved the nearly bankrupt Roughriders.
The cap has unfortunately and dangerously evolved to include only players’ salaries.
The Riders have exceeded the cap more than any other franchise while becoming uber-wealthy.
Good for them, but they can’t forget where they came from.