Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press had an interesting story this week on the process of contract negotiations with Buck Pierce (which are very much ongoing), and it included a remarkable sidebar with salary ranges for every predicted CFL starting quarterback. What's most notable about those salaries (notoriously hard to find, given the league's lack of a salary database) are not the top ones (Ricky Ray and Anthony Calvillo, both long-established as dominant CFL quarterbacks, can each make up to $400,000 with incentives), but rather the bottom ones.
The lowest player listed is B.C.'s Travis Lulay, whose salary for 2011 will top out in the range of $250,000 if he hits all of his bonuses; meanwhile, Lawless' story reports that Pierce made around $200,000 with incentives last season and suggests that his base salary could be as low as $150,000 in 2012 (with incentives perhaps raising it to the neighbourhood of $300,000 if he hits all of them). That's remarkable, as Lulay and Pierce were the quarterbacks facing off in last season's Grey Cup. If quarterback's the most important position, how is it that the teams paying their quarterbacks the least made it all the way to the title game?Read More »from Bang for your Buck: Pierce, Lulay on low end of quarterback pay scale