Vote delays CFL salary system

KIRK PENTON AND JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

The CFL's quest for a salary management system has hit a snag.

The board of governors held a conference call Thursday to ratify amendments to the proposal passed in January, but only five of the eight clubs voted in favour this time.

Six votes were needed to make the system, which includes a $3.8-million salary cap, part of the league's constitution. In January, when Ottawa was still in the league, the motion passed by a 7-2 count.

"It's unfortunate that some clubs didn't vote the same way they did back in January," Winnipeg Blue Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer said yesterday. "Some clubs wavered on their stance."

Bauer called the setback "procedural politics" and said the proposal just needs "proper wording." In other words, Bauer believes it will still get done at some point.

"It's a monumental change," he said. "Sometimes it takes some time."

The CFL board is expected to meet in Winnipeg next month, when the matter will be discussed further.

NO SHOWS: Several players were missing for medicals on the eve of training camp, which opens at Canad Inns Stadium today.

RB Cory Olynick decided "not to continue his career," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. S Mike Crumb is contemplating his future while K Duncan O'Mahony missed his connecting flight out of Calgary. LB Kyries Hebert and QB Tee Martin were not expected.

"They will be officially suspended once they don't report to practice (today)," Taman said.

RB Charles Roberts was given permission to arrive late because he was scheduled to get married yesterday. LB Ron Ockimey had the only medical concern, suffering a nerve problem with his knee.

"He won't be able to go for a few days but he'll be fine," Taman said.

SLOW THINKERS: Bombers head coach Doug Berry readily admitted he's frustrated with the delay in the decision of Hebert's official status with the Bombers. Although it is going to arbitration, the date for the hearing has yet to be set.

"I could probably resolve this in one day myself," Berry said. "I understand, in a way, what Kyries is going through. I just don't think it's legally right to be doing what he's doing. I understand what he's thinking about, but it's wrong.

"But we made plans all along for him not being here. If he's here, it's a bonus."

NEW RECRUIT: The Bombers were expecting new import DL Demetrius Shambley to arrive last night. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound James Madison product, who was in the New York Giants mini-camp, was added to the roster to replace recently-retired DL Joe Fleming.

NEW BEGINNINGS: Cameron Legault had just bought a new home in Ottawa when the Renegades folded. The next thing he knew, the Canadian defensive lineman had become Bombers property.

"In five weeks, I'm expecting my second child so my wife's back there tying up loose ends," said Legault. "I was in a tight spot in Ottawa with what happened with the team so I'm excited about the opportunity to play football."

And now that Fleming has retired, Legault has a legitimate crack at starting.

"It will give opportunity to somebody," said the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Carleton product. "It will just be a matter of who can get the job done, rise to the occasion and take advantage of that. I'm just here to do my best and everything will fall into place."

Legault's wife, Virginia, is from Winnipeg and still has friends and family here, he said.


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