Bauer: Enforce cap

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

It started back when the Montreal franchise was about to fold back in 1980s, then continued when Ottawa was in the same situation in the 1990s.

And it popped back up when the CFL was forced to keep both the Toronto and Hamilton franchises afloat in 2003. And that's not to mention that costly U.S. expansion that failed so miserably.

"We had an accumulated deficit of about $5.5 million but $3.5 million of that was related to bailing out other teams," Winnipeg Blue Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer said when asked about the contentious salary cap issue during yesterday's state-of-the-franchise teleconference. "People can spend money if they want to spend it but I don't want to hear them cry about losing money.

"We want a level, competitive playing field. We'd like to see the commissioner enforce the constitution and enforce the ($2.6 million) salary cap. There is a salary cap guideline in the constitution. But every team was over it last year, including us."

THE GUY: Bomber GM Brendan Taman is aware that some doubts persist about quarterback Kevin Glenn.

"I understand that this will be his first camp coming in as a starter," he said. "And he's not a 10-year veteran, proven guy. I understand the question marks and the concerns but, to me and to us, I think he's proven -- whether it was his years back in Saskatchewan or with us last year -- to be an effective quarterback. Now it's up to him to show that he can move on from that development and be The Guy.

"We have to be very consistent in our faith in Kevin because he's deserved it. We'll see how he does."

HASHMARKS: Whispers are that Edmonton spurned trade inquiries for Jason Maas from Toronto and Hamilton because the QB might not pass his physical after off-season shoulder surgery. In fact, there is some suspicion that he may even sit out the season ... Montreal has signed receiver Adam Eckert, a Winnipegger who was drafted in the last round, to a multi-year contract.


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