As a result, the order of the league’s annual draft May 3 is unaffected. The Montreal Alouettes currently hold the first pick overall.
The last team to go over the salary cap was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2014. The Ticats spent $8,939 over the $5 million allotted cap and were fined the same amount.
Teams must provide updates on salary at the six-, 12- and 18-game mark of the season. The CFL introduced the salary cap management system in 2007 to provide competitive balance.
The league’s salary cap for 2018 will increase to $5.2 million, the final season of the current collective bargaining agreement which ends in May 2019.