Stampeders won't change spending philosophy

Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel says his team prepared for the salary cap increase by...

Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel says his team prepared for the salary cap increase by locking up key players, not by going on a spending spree. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

CALGARY - While the CBA process was a mystery to many, player-personnel departments around the CFL had a pretty good idea they’d have some extra loot to play with when all was said and done.

The $600,000 salary-cap increase — from $4.4 million to $5 million — started showing up in various forms months ago.

From a Calgary Stampeders point of view, it helped expedite a number of off-season contract extensions — Charleston Hughes, Keon Raymond, Jeff Fuller, Drew Tate, Bo Levi Mitchell and Joe West all re-upped long before they were scheduled to hit the open market — meaning, despite the cap jump, there isn’t a ton of unused resources just laying around.

"Most general managers knew that there was going to be an increase, so you saw that the spending in the off-season was a little bit more than what it was the year before," Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel said. "It's not like there's $600,000 left in the wallet to spend. Each team is going to be different, but I don't know."


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