Argos keep payroll in order

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 PM ET

The Argonauts strayed all over the place on the field during the 2009 Canadian Football League season, but off the gridiron, were one of seven teams that managed to stay under the league's $4.2-million salary cap.

Only the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who went over the cap by $44,687, exceeded the cap. As such, the Bombers have been fined $44,687.

The salary cap for 2010 will stay at $4.2 million.

As no team exceeded the cap by more than $100,000, the order for the Canadian draft on May 2 will not change. The Argos have the first pick, followed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders (acquired in a trade with Winnipeg) with the B.C. Lions picking third.

"All of us in the Canadian Football League are confident about the future, but we recognize that we need to be prudent if we are to overcome the challenges, and seize the opportunities, before us," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said. "With seven of eight teams under the 2009 cap, and the Bombers working diligently over the course of last season to reduce their potential overrun, it's clear our teams recognize this need."

The Argos, meanwhile, signed linebacker Greg Blue and defensive back Jeremy Unertl on Tuesday.


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