QB Glenn OK with pay

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

Ricky Ray reportedly signed with Edmonton for at least $400,000 per annum and a $200,000 bonus.

Casey Printers has reportedly been offered a three-year pact worth about $1 million by the B.C. Lions, who are already paying Dave Dickenson $400,000 a season.

Henry Burris is believed to have inked a three-year $1.2 million agreement with Calgary.

And both Saskatchewan's Nealon Greene and Edmonton's Jason Maas are also paid more than $100,000 a year.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers offered Ray in the neighborhood of $350,000 per annum before he signed with the Eskimos.

That leaves Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn, who has already been designated the club's starting quarterback when the season starts, still making the reported $85,000 he agreed to as a backup to Khari Jones last year. Although Glenn did ask about the situation before he left town at the end of last season, he apparently has not brought the subject up since.

"It doesn't hurt to ask," Bombers GM Brendan Taman conceded yesterday. "(But) I just talked to Kevin (Tuesday) and he seemed fine. Obviously, he's our starter coming into camp but that's not an issue with him."

Taman added that Glenn did ask about the bonuses in his contract at the end of last year -- after he became the starter when Jones was traded to Calgary (but is now in Edmonton).

'PERFORMED WELL'

"He's going to be remunerated quite well if he plays enough games for us," he said. "He performed quite well for us after taking over from Khari last year. If that continues, I'm sure he will start making a lot of visits to my office and I am sure we would make him an offer (to extend his contract)."

Taman also discussed his offer to Ray with Glenn.

"He was professional about it," Taman said. "He understands it's a business. He'd probably be wondering if I was doing my job as GM if I didn't go after (Ray)."

Glenn could not be reached for comment.

DEAD PARROT: If Edmonton were to keep Ray, Maas and Jones, the Eskies would reportedly pay them a grand total of $640,000 this year.

"That's a lot of money," Taman said. "That's scary from our end but what can you do? You've just got to be smart about it, get guys for the right price and make it work. Money doesn't (win) Grey Cups, teams do."

Saskatchewan GM Roy Shivers has adopted a similar policy.

"I'm not going to contribute to the demise of the league by paying players an exorbitant amount of money," he told the Edmonton Journal.

But here's all you need to know about how most CFL governors feel about the phantom salary cap:

"The salary cap is not dead," Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young told the National Post. "What's the old Monty Python line? It's just resting."

The parrot in that well-known skit was indeed dead, not "resting."

PLOEN TALK: Legendary Bombers QB Ken Ploen will be hosting Ploen Talk on the Breeze, 100.7 FM, where he will discuss the CFL with Bombers alumni during the club's 75th anniversary. The one-hour shows will air Wednesdays at 5 p.m., June 8-Oct. 19.


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