Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Benevides out in Edmonton as CFL Clubs Continue to Wrestle with Operations Cap

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Benevides out in Edmonton as CFL Clubs Continue to Wrestle with Operations Cap

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Eskimos not bringing back Benevides

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EDMONTON - Mike Benevides is the latest casualty of the new CFL non-player operations cap.

The Edmonton Eskimos announced Friday that Benevides will not be returning to Jason Maas's coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Benevides had been the team's assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator since Maas took over as Eskimos head coach in 2016.

Prior to joining the Eskimos, Benevides spent three seasons as head coach of the B.C. Lions (2012-14).

"I will truly miss the amazing fan base and people of Edmonton, the relationships I've built with the players and all those in the Edmonton Eskimo organization, as well as working for Jason," the Toronto native said in a statement.

Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland said in a statement that the team couldn't come to terms with Benevides on a salary that would fit under the non-player football operations salary cap announced by the league on Thursday. …

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