Watters satisfied with cap plans

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Sue? Sue who?

Ottawa Renegades president Brad Watters is satisfied the CFL is going to fix its salary cap problems and says his team has no plans on launching a lawsuit against the league for not doing so earlier.

A story in yesterday's National Post quoted a source that suggested the Renegades were likely to lead the legal action against the CFL over its inability to enforce the cap, which stands at $2.6 million and taken about as seriously as an episode of The Simpsons.

"It's not an issue we're pursuing at this point," said Watters, who is also a team co-owner. "We are expecting the league to rectify the situation.

"I think the league has taken the necessary steps ... there is a plan in place to get a salary cap implemented in the next couple of years. We still feel it has to be done, but the board of governors have taken steps in the right direction. The process is in place, where it hasn't been in place in the past."

Watters refused to divulge what plans the CFL have made to implement the cap.

NOT ENFORCED

Renegades owners, who have lost millions in the team's first three years, were led to believe -- by former league commissioner Mike Lysko -- that the salary cap would be enforced, with those who exceeded it being fined and stripped of draft picks. Such has not been the case.

When Ottawa completed a 5-13 season in 2004, Watters said the Renegades were the only team that tried to abide by the cap. Ultimately, a high number of injuries forced them to go over it by as much as $600,000.

The ownership group, divided on whether to adhere to a budget or join the free spenders, has stated it will dole out more for salaries in 2005.

"I don't have an issue with the salary cap at this point," Watters said. "The league is doing what it needs to do to make it better. As long as it's making an effort ... that's what's important to us."

Meanwhile, there are reported rumblings that some CFL owners are planning to oust commissioner Tom Wright, who is in the final year of a three year contract.

Watters says the Renegades are not on that boat.

"We support the commissioner fully, he's been very good to us," he said. "I think he's done a great job."


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