Lowest-paid starting QB in CFL

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

He currently leads the CFL with 2,078 passing yards and his 11 touchdowns through the air have him second.

Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn also boasts an efficiency rating of 107.3, second on the circuit to Toronto's injured Michael Bishop, who has played far fewer games. His completion percentage (69.9%) is second to Edmonton's Ricky Ray.

WOULD BE AN ALL-STAR

In fact, if the selections were made today, Glenn would most certainly be an East Division all-star and be in the running as an All-Canadian.

Yet, Glenn remains the lowest-paid QB among all the starters in the league.

That includes Saskatchewan's Kerry Joseph, Hamilton's Jason Maas, Calgary's Henry Burris and Bishop.

"Maybe on base salary, his is among the lowest," Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman conceded in a telephone interview from New York late Tuesday night.

"But his contract includes some bonuses that might help him keep up with the other quarterbacks. The way his season is going, he will make some decent money, for sure."

Glenn gets bonuses for TD passes, all-star nods and starts (believed to be $4,000 per game). His base salary is believed to be $150,000-$160,000 per annum but those bonuses could up that cash to well over $200,000.

And, despite leading the Bombers to top spot in the East with a 4-2-1 record and being on track for a club record-setting season, Taman is not about to rip up Glenn's current pact and offer him a new one. Nor has Glenn demanded that his contract be re-negotiated, Taman indicated.

"Kevin and I have an understanding that we always talk about his contract at the end of the year because neither one of us wants it to be a distraction during the year," Taman said. "If he keeps going the way he's going, I'd be more than happy to do something with him."

Meanwhile, Taman confirmed that he is scrutinizing quarterbacks as he scours NFL camps this week and hopes to lure one to Winnipeg next month. Although both John Stucco and Zac Taylor are "on the street" (available), Taman will wait until the final NFL cuts before deciding which QB to pursue.

CUTDOWN DATE: The CFL deadline for cutting veterans (six years-plus) before being committed to an entire year's salary is nine games into the season.

But don't expect kicker Troy Westwood, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury, to get a pink slip.

"Troy won't be released," Taman said. "He'll be with us in one form or the other."

However, import receiver Chris Brazzell, a healthy scratch the last game due to ratio concerns, could be a different story as the club addresses salary cap concerns.

"I'm not sure how that will play out," Taman said. "He might still have a role to play ... Overall, Chris has been a good player for us."

The Bombers also have to look to a future without veteran slotback Milt Stegall.

EYEING IKE: Taman is also keeping a close eye on former Bomber linebacker Ike Charlton, now in the Detroit Lions camp.

"Based on their depth chart, he has a challenge ahead of him," he said. "But that doesn't mean he won't make the team."

TOP PLAYERS: For some reason, the CFL named B.C. kick returner Ian Smart the top special teams player of the week -- despite the fact he coughed up the fumble that led to Winnipeg's game-winning field goal by Rob Pikula. Both Pikula and Winnipeg's Kyries Hebert were runners-up ... Montreal RB Jarrett Payton (offensive), Saskatchewan LB Reggie Hunt (defensive) and Montreal SB Ben Cahoon (Canadian) were the other players of the week.


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