Esks’ Bene­v­ides packs bags over CFL cap crunch

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

The Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos an­nounced Fri­day that Bene­v­ides won’t be re­turn­ing to Ja­son Maas’ 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 (201214).

“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.

The cap, set at just un­der $2.59 mil­lion for the next two sea­sons, has al­ready had a marked ef­fect on the league.

The Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the team was part­ing ways with as­sis­tant vice-pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions and player per­son­nel John Mur­phy.

Mean­while, long­time coach Jerry Glanville is leav­ing his post as de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor for the Hamilton Tiger-cats. The Ti­cats an­nounced that the 77-year-old Glanville won’t re­turn for a sec­ond sea­son due to per­sonal rea­sons.

Af­ter be­ing pro­moted to head coach ear­lier this week, Or­londo Stein­auer said he wanted Glanville to re­turn.

Glanville — work­ing un­der for­mer head coach June Jones, who stepped into the of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor role this week to al­low Stein­auer to step up — helped guide the Ti­cats to the East fi­nal this year af­ter the team fin­ished 8-10 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

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