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The salary cap era in the CFL has been good for Cana­dian offensive line­men.

In the pass-happy league, start­ing quar­ter­backs have al­ways been the most im­por­tant play­ers and there­fore the high­est paid. But the Cana­di­ans tasked with protecting them are also well com­pen­sated, with many earn­ing more than $200,000 an­nu­ally. The rea­son is sim­ple: sup­ply and de­mand.

“It’s hard to find qual­ity Cana­dian play­ers. Pe­riod,” said Jim Barker, the for­mer Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers and Toronto Arg­onauts gen­eral man­ager.

CFL teams em­ploy Cana­di­ans at other po­si­tions, but for the most part Cana­dian offensive line­men have proven to be more durable.

How im­por­tant are Cana­dian offensive line­men?

A record seven were taken in the first round of the 2018 CFL draft.

Jim Barker

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