The rumours were true, one CFL team is over the league's salary management system and it turns out that it was the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun had reported earlier this week that there was word that one team in the league over-spent in 2013.
The CFL announced today after auditing every team in the league the Riders were $17,795 dollars over the $4.4 million threshold. Because the green and white were less than $100,000 over the limit the team will only be fined $17,795.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have their feel good story of the 2013-14 CFL off-season.
The Riders have made their biggest move of the off-season.
At an event today the Green and White announced they've signed franchise quarterback Darian Durant to a new contract extension; something they had been working on for the most of the off-season.
Like most CFL contracts, what's known about this one is pretty sparse as details weren't officially announced by the team and Durant himself didn't add much to conversation either.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added another receiver ahead of training camp.
Ryan Smith officially signed with the green and white on Monday. The receiver tweeted Monday afternoon that he had signed with Saskatchewan. His agent also tweeted out a photo of Smith signing said contract.
Ryan Smith signs his contract. Photo courtesy Reed Duchscher
It's no secret that Riders Assistant General Manager Jeremy O'Day would like to be a General Manager in the CFL one day.
As of this moment it doesn't appear that it could be happening in Saskatchewan in the coming couple of years with current GM Brendan Taman now under contract through the 2017 season. Over the last year or so O'Day has had some chances to move on and take the reins of an organization with openings in both Edmonton and Winnipeg in recent years.
That being said, O'Day is pretty happy where he is right now.
Despite many departures on the field this off-season has been one filled with contract extensions for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Head Coach Corey Chamblin and General Manager Brendan Taman have both signed on the line and will remain in Riderville through the 2017 season. The team is also working hard towards getting franchise quarterback Darian Durant signed to a long term contract extension as well.
In what's almost become an annual tradition the Saskatchewan Roughriders have locked up their General Manager for a few more years.
The Green and White announced Wednesday that they've agreed to terms on an extension with GM Brendan Taman that will see him stay in Riderville through the 2017 season. The new deal brings Taman in line with his Head Coach Corey Chamblin who was also extended through 2017 earlier this off-season.
Ryan Smith could only blush at the comparisons.
Smith followed Weston Dressler's high school and collegiate career in North Dakota as well as his accomplishments with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
And it's hard not to see the comprables. 5'7, 175lbs, born and raised in North Dakota, fast, ellusive, and can catch a football. Outside the obvious professional accomplishments, the only difference appears to be their school.
If starters were what the Roughriders were looking for in Florida, they found it.
"I told the guys, one or two of you guys may start right out of the gate. The other ones may start through injuries but I think there are some starters there," exclaimed Head Coach Corey Chamblin after the final workout.
57 players made up the roster and almost half of them could be seen at main camp in Saskatoon at the beginning of June.
Chamblin is happy with the talent management has found.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are now done the first of two days on the field for their Florida mini camp.
"You know I thought it was pretty good," said Head Coach Corey Chamblin after seeing the talent for the first time.
"Some of these guys had to knock the rust off and, well, the coaches needed to knock some rust off. There is some talent there and there are some guys who made some strides and I'm pleased with what I saw for the first practice.