Lions can make QB change without salary cap implications

The B.C. Lions can start Jonathon Jennings or Travis Lulay at quarterback and it won’t cost the team precious salary cap dollars.

Making Lulay the starter could even save the Lions some cash.

After putting together a stellar 2016 by throwing for 5,226 yards and 27 touchdowns and leading the Lions into the playoffs, Jennings 2017 numbers were down across the board with just 3,639 passing yards as he had more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (16) in a disappointing 7-11 season on the Left coast.

Jennings restructured the final year of his existing deal for the 2018 season. Originally Jennings was due to make $295,000 in “hard money” with an available $55,000 in playtime bonus earnings.

When general manager Ed Hervey and the 25-year-old pivot agreed to a reworked pact, Jennings received a $100,000 signing bonus, $125,000 in base salary for a $225,000 “hard money” total and $40,000 in achievable playtime bonuses at 10-game ($15,000) and 14-game ($25,000) increments.

That’s a $95,000 savings for B.C. on the cap, but it’s still up from the approximately $160,000 Jennings made in 2017. Jennings called it a prove-it deal where he needed to show improvement to secure a long-term position with the Leos.

Lulay signed a one-year extension just as free agency approached in February for $175,000 “hard money” plus similar valued playtime incentives to Jennings. The 34-year-old proved he can still be productive in 2017 throwing for 1,693 passing yards 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in September against Montreal.

If the shift to Lulay is made the Lions could save some money on the salary cap as the 2011 MOP and Grey Cup winner has fewer playtime bonuses in his contract than Jennings.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

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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9 Comments on Lions can make QB change without salary cap implications

  1. TheLastArgoFan // July 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm //

    The Lions have a good chunk of money tied up in non-productive assets at the QB position!
    Who is the third string guy and is he uninjured?

    • Cody Fajardo.

      If you’ve seen any Argo games over the past two years, you how hopeless Fajardo is.

  2. Evil Empire // July 11, 2018 at 11:29 pm //

    Wow, I think money would be the least important factor on whether Lulay plays, or not. My first deciding factor would be from a medical point of view. Is he 100% ? Next would be what gives the team the best chance to win. While weighing the risk of re-injury, assuming he is less than 100%. Is one possible win worth the risk of re-injury your starter ? Then I guess I would consider how it would affect the SMS.

    But, Ed Hervey is not known for breaking the cap. So, I’d assume it would not even be a factor. Or, at least a pretty minor one. I obviously do not know how healthy he is. But, if I was the HC. He would not play unless he’s 100%. And, as the GM, I would certainly talk to my coach, and make my opinion known. But, I would leave that call up to the HC.

    LOL. I honestly don’t even believe Dunk wrote this story. Must be a very slow news day.

  3. go with the guy who can get you the W.
    Lulay.
    ride him as long as you can …
    (it was interesting to read the contractual realities here …)

  4. Casee Printerz // July 11, 2018 at 11:52 pm //

    Wait till Travis Lulay 120%…if he goes down early season is over

  5. Money or not, Jennings is struggling badly and Lulay looked great when he was last healthy.

  6. Jim Bob // July 12, 2018 at 1:57 am //

    The AVERAGE FAN could care less how the cap is effected by who plays QB for the Lions or any other team for that matter. Their only CONCERN is who is going to get the offense moving and WIN THE GAME. Salary, cap, bonuses on games played who give a hoot. That is what GMs get paid to figure out by the end of the season.

  7. Jennings will never be a good cfl QB as he has no confidence.Play Lulay and develope another young one quick.

  8. David Tress // July 14, 2018 at 4:25 pm //

    BC should break the salary cap and trade for Johnny Manziel. That way they can open up the second level of seats and rake it in.

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