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...unfortunately Tate suffered a broken forearm in the game 2 weeks ago and will not be playing. Its been quite the year for Tate...first it was a dislocated shoulder, now the forearm, but the team has held on to make it to the Grey Cup. Grey Cup is Sunday if you are interested.
Kevin Glenn will start for Calgary against the Lions in Vancouver
Sucks for Tate. I still kind of wonder if it wouldn't have been better to go the AFL route than CFL. CFL is where a lot of careers go to die, but especially for skill position players, the AFL is kind of an NFL farm system.
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The AFL really took a huge step backwards when it downsized. When I was in San Jose with the SaberCats, our quarterback (Mark Grieb) made over $200,000 per year, and most AFL teams paid a few players similar amounts, with several more making over $100,000. Since the AFL downsized after stepping away for a year, the max is $1,000 per game ($18,000 per season) for a quarterback, while everyone else makes $400 per game. I'm sure some of the quarterbacks are getting a little extra under the table, but it's nowhere near what they used to make. Just speculation here, but I'd be surprised if any of the CFL starting quarterbacks make less than $100,000 per year at this point. Because of that major change in pay scales, the majority of the best players are going to the CFL now, whereas the AFL used to get its fair share. So when Tate first came out of Iowa, it may have been better to try the AFL, but now the CFL is probably better for him.
I wonder whether he considered making a move to the AFL in 2007 or 2008, before the AFL went under. The only negative to that would be that it's not as geared toward a quarterback that can run as the CFL is, so Tate may not have fit in quite as well. One advantage the AFL had at that point was only playing 16 games, as opposed to 18 in the CFL, so you don't put quite as much wear and tear on your body.
Yeah I know the pay structure is pretty weird in the AFL. It's all supposed to be determined by the league front office to keep spending under control. I would be pretty surprised if the pay structure doesn't start increasing again if it hasn't already. But making so much less money nowadays is certainly less reason to play there.
They'll definitely attract better talent if they increase the pay, but my understanding is that the plan is to keep it how it is. The AFL had a ton of issues this past season - players boycotting, games being cancelled, playing with replacement players at times, sparse attendance at a number of games, etc. Unfortunately, the league itself and the individual teams aren't doing well enough or making enough money to afford a larger payroll. They had a good thing going a few years back, and really botched it.
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