James Wilder Junior is creating quite the debate in the CFL.
The rookie of the year is deciding to take a pass on the 2018 season to avoid injury so he can pursue the NFL in 2019.
He’s asked for the Argonauts to either grant him his release or give him a raise from the current league minimum he made last season.
You see the CFL a few years ago got rid of a window that allowed CFL players heading into the last year of their deal to try out for the NFL while remaining the property of their current CFL team.
Also in the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, the CFL minimum salary didn’t get much of a bump, despite a big increase in the salary cap.
Rookie players have to sign a two-year entry-level contract. It’s to protect themselves against this exact scenario. Good player, plays well and is a one and done going back to the NFL.
So on one side, you have a flawed system that handcuffs rookie American players. On the other, you have a player who did agree to those terms and a contract is a contract.
But best practice, the Argonauts should let the young man get his shot down south. It’s the same organization after all who a year ago allowed Head Coach Scott Milanovich out of his contract to pursue a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.