It adds up for Glenn

Bombers QB Kevin Glenn was smiling after signing a contract extension. SUN MEDIA/Jason Halstead

Bombers QB Kevin Glenn was smiling after signing a contract extension. SUN MEDIA/Jason Halstead

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Slowly but surely, Kevin Glenn accepted the fact that life is different under the CFL's new salary cap.

Slowly but surely, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers did all they could to make sure their No. 1 quarterback was a happy man.

The result was a contract extension that had both sides smiling when it was announced yesterday. It's a one-year-and-an-option deal that could be in the neighbourhood of $325,000 if Glenn meets the bulk of his incentives.

His base salary, including signing bonus, is believed to be in the $250,000 range.

"Both parties were happy," Glenn said yesterday during a conference call, "and that's the biggest thing."

Got his wish

The 28-year-old Detroit native, who was going into his option year, wanted the deal done before training camp and got his wish. He is going into his fourth campaign as the Bombers' starter, but he has never come off a year as good as 2007, when he passed for a league-high 5,114 yards and was named the East Division's most outstanding player.

Glenn also got the Blue and Gold to the Grey Cup but missed the contest after breaking his non-throwing arm in the fourth quarter of the East final.

It's understandable that during his negotiations Glenn pointed to the fat contracts recently signed by Hamilton's Casey Printers and Edmonton's Ricky Ray, but he eventually warmed to the notion that the Bombers couldn't afford to give him $400,000 if they're going to meet the $4.2-million salary cap.

The Bombers have far too many players making six figures to spend that much dough on one player, and Bombers GM Brendan Taman made that clear to Glenn and his agent, Gil Scott.

"We had to educate them on, 'OK, if you want to be throwing to a bunch of Canadian receivers and have Graeme Bell as your running back, well, we can pay you that. But we don't really want to do that,' " Taman said. "That's an education process you have to go through, and Kevin was very understanding of that as time went on."

Glenn, who is 30-26-1 as Winnipeg's starter, said all he wanted was a fair wage.

"I never requested to be the highest-paid player in the league," he said. "... You want to be compensated for your work, but you also want to be on a winning team. Who wants to get paid all the big bucks and lose all the time?"

The Bombers made concessions as well. Glenn used to make approximately $4,000 per start, but they included that large chunk of change in his base salary this time around.

The Bombers also gave Glenn a hefty signing bonus, which under Canadian law is taxed only 15%, thereby allowing him to take home more cash than he would with a higher base salary.

And even though Glenn has yet to finish a season without missing a start due to injury, the Bombers didn't use that as a negotiating ploy.

"You can't really hold that over his head after the year that he had," Taman said.

Nonetheless, Glenn still said the negotiations were more stressful than tossing the pigskin in front of 30,000 fans. That's how it is when your employer is telling you why you shouldn't be making $400,000 a year.

"That's the hard part you have to take as a player," Glenn said. "It's not personal, but it's tough to hear somebody say that to you."

In the end, Glenn accepts that as part of the business, and he is more than confident in his abilities.

"I've been in the league long enough to understand what you need out of a CFL quarterback," he said, "and I think that I do those things pretty good."

Taman will now turn his attention to renegotiating with other players entering their option years, including receivers Terrence Edwards and Derick Armstrong, and running back Charles Roberts.


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