Argos make Marc Trestman highest paid coach in the CFL

Toronto made a major investment to land Marc Trestman.

The 61-year-old head coach will make north of $600,000 annually on his three-year deal with the Argos, per sources.

Head coaches in the CFL generally earn in the $275,000 to $400,000 range while those with a dual general manager-head coach title can expect a salary in excess of $500,000. For Trestman to be among the top-paid executives in the CFL while solely a head coach is likely to garner attention around the league.

While Trestman guided the Alouettes from 2008 to 2012, Montreal won the East Division regular season title four times and two Grey Cups – back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. He accumulated 59 wins in 90 regular season games and went 5-3 in the playoffs. Then the Minneapolis, Minnesota native was hired as the Chicago Bears head coach in 2013. Trestman spent two seasons in the “Windy City”, but he was fired after the 2014 campaign with a 13-19 record.

After that, the Baltimore Ravens named Trestman their offensive coordinator for the 2015 season, but John Harbaugh fired him this past October after 21 regular season games with the team.

You have to credit the Argos ownership for opening up the vault to land Trestman.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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21 Comments on Argos make Marc Trestman highest paid coach in the CFL

  1. stampland // March 13, 2017 at 10:58 am //

    A lot of money but in the CFL’s most important market combined with his impressive resume I say he’s worth it.I still say this team will surprise more than a few people this year

    • Time will tell …

    • I forgot to add that a Lions fan a year or two ago claimed Tedford had been paid on par or more.

      Trestman does have a track record in the CFL but it is far sure it works out in a short time frame. Matthews was supposed to right the Argo ship in 2008 where that didn’t work out so well.

      It makes for an interesting training camp and season.

  2. Likely worth every penny and is paid so much thy can’t think of firing him mid-term.

    With coaches and executives getting paid so much and contracts gauranteed, I’d like to see the players get a raise in minimum / cap as well as the first 2 years of 3 year ( or longer ) contracts to be gauranteed.

    Tired of seeing players switch teams because of a longer term being offered elsewhere only to get released after 1 year ( like Hamilton did to Avon cobourne a few years back ).

    • Both Barker and Milanovich were given big extensions last year and that didn’t stop them from firing Barker! I doubt that there’s any obligation to SM since he quit, but they’re likely still on the hook for Barker – or at least having to pay him off. I do agree with you though on salaries for players although guarantees are not likely. The yearly increase in cap should have been MUCH bigger when they increased the overall cap so much in the last CBA. That might have allowed for a more generous starting salary instead of the tiny increases that they they have now.

  3. stampland // March 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm //

    personally I think coach/GM should be higer paid than players.Doesn’t your boss make more than you? I look at Calgary as good as BLM is the key to this organization is Hufnagel and Dickensen,

    • Stampland Your thinking is very old school. Management is a role not a status. There is no reason why those in management authority need to make more than the people that they manage.

  4. chris jones makes 750k for riders

  5. Lennywasout // March 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm //

    This disparity between management salaries (that are guaranteed) has become obscene. Just think, Trestman will make almost 25% of the yearly players cap. I don’t think this is very smart on the leagues part.
    If you’re going to cap players salaries, then there should be caps on the rest of the management structure.
    Players salaries in the past were blamed for financial problems of the franchises. Paying execs that are fured and hiring no new ones at exorbitant $$ will bankrupt teams faster than increasing the cap.

    • Lennywasout // March 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm //

      I hate spell check!!

    • Lenny I agree with your sentiment, but the payroll cap is $5 million for players – so Trestman’s salary, which by the way is not included in the cap, is 10% of the total player salary budget. Leaving the math aside, I think that it is wrong for teams to cry poor to the players and then give their executives big salaries. The difficulty is that the player salary cap is set for the weakest link – the poorest team. I love the CFL but it is at best a marginal business.

  6. Jim Fleck // March 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm //

    Trestman was in the drivers seat. Still being paid by the Ravens thru 2018 and the Bears thru 2017 in effect will get 3 paychecks while coaching the Argos in 2017. His agent ask for a top tier salary and got it for him. Anybody else hired for this job along with Jim Popp would of had less credibility. If he and Popp gets the Argos winning and gets those empty seats filled the $$$ paid to both of them will pay off to the team many times over.

  7. WOW,How much was Hufnagel worth than he was doing both jobs when he left coaching. I thought I read his winning percentage was higher than trestman and Popp for each Job.I guess a Million for both jobs would have been a bargain!

  8. Not Trestman’s fault the CFLPA reps are a bunch of dumbass.

  9. Lol Jones can’t even hold Trestman’s underwear up

    • stampland // March 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm //

      lol Jones can certainly hold up Trestman’s underwear.But he’ll stretch it all out in doing so

  10. Railbird // March 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm //

    Not sure where you got your information Ed on the $750K for Jones. The Leader Post last year reported that the contract was for around $500K plus incentives which could add up to another 6 figures (which I assume means another $100K). The only thing I found was SporTrac showing $750K for Chris Jones the ‘punter’ in the NFL.

  11. rogieshan // March 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm //

    Don’t forget: it’s $600K plus Jim Popp. The latter was part of the contract to lure Trestman to TO.

  12. ron bates // March 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm //

    The ownership were taken, hosed and left almost holding bag after everybody on the field to coach and gm could not get it straight this is business / sport. So now we have men who do know that this is business but an Argos team with years of bad bad bad may be difficult for anybody to handle. So we have the right people wo are not inclined to make mistakes/ can the new hires working for the head man and gm know it’s time not to speak until spoken to. rb

  13. ron bates // March 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm //

    PS I like the policy that specifies terms and salaries are not subject to disclosure. In the Argos case it could be surmised the hires at GM and Head Coach did not come cheaply. rb

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