Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adarius Bowman Roster Bonus Deadline Is Looming for Edmonton Eskimos

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adarius Bowman Roster Bonus Deadline Is Looming for Edmonton Eskimos

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Bowman roster bonus deadline looms for Esks

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Edmonton Eskimos GM Brock Sunderland has a big decision to make.

Veteran receiver Adarius Bowman is due a $140,000 roster bonus early next month. The six-foot-three, 215-pound slotback is a three-time CFL all-star but is coming off a sub-par 2017 season.

Bowman has cracked the 1,000-yard plateau three times over his six CFL campaigns with Edmonton. But last year, Bowman had 45 catches for 534 yards and five TDs over 12 regular-season games before adding five receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns in two playoff contests.

Bowman, who'll become a father for the first time this spring, did cap his season by receiving the Tom Pate Memorial Award for his community service. He also finished the year strong, registering 20 catches for 338 yards and five TDs in the Eskimos final five games (three regular season, two playoff).

Pro-rated over 18 games, that translates into 72 receptions for 1,216 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Sunderland declined an interview request Tuesday, citing the Eskimos' policy of not discussing contracts or salaries.

Bowman had a club-record 120 catches for a league-high 1,759 yards and nine TDs in 2016 then signed a contract extension through the 2018 season that at the time made him the league's highest-paid non quarterback. Bowman reportedly earned $260,000 last year and is scheduled to make $265,000 this year, including the bonus.

The choices facing Sunderland are: pay the bonus on the Feb. 5 due date and ensure Bowman stays put; re-negotiate Bowman's contract; trade him; or release him, thus making Bowman a free agent ahead of official Feb. 13 start of CFL free agency.

But any team acquiring Bowman would likely request to re-negotiate his current deal rather than pay the bonus.

Last month the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dealt quarterback Zach Collaros to Saskatchewan rather than pay him a reported $200,000 roster bonus. After the trade, the Riders and Collaros agreed to a restructured, one-year deal. …

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