Longtime Stampeders receivers coach Pete Costanza let go due to football operations cap
Calgary Stampeders receivers coach Pete Costanza has been let go by the franchise due to the football operations cap, per sources.
The cap is set at just under $2.59 million for 2019 and 2020, and will be reviewed after that.
Coaches and other football operations staff, including general managers, scouts and equipment and video personnel, fall under the cap. Teams are capped at 11 coaches and 14 other football operations staff.
Costanza had been with the organization for 12 seasons. He oversaw the development of pass catchers Reggie Begelton, Marken Michel, Kamar Jorden, DaVaris Daniels and Eric Rogers to name a handful.
Begelton finished third in the league with 1,444 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019. Meanwhile Rogers recorded 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rookie Hergy Mayala emerged as a playmaker late in the season and compiled 562 yards and five touchdowns on 38 catches.
In 2018, the Stamps led the CFL in receiving touchdowns and passing plays of 30 or more yards. Injuries to key receivers tested the team’s depth and eight different players had at least 25 receptions while nine receivers had at least one touchdown catch. Jorden established a franchise single-game record with a 249-yard performance against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on August 25 that year.
Costanza was well-liked and should find work elsewhere in the league.