Ticats cornerback Delvin Breaux hints at retirement, looking for new career amid CFL delays
Hope for a 2020 CFL season remains alive but another of the league’s star players has indicated he likely won’t be back if teams take the field in Winnipeg. All-Star corner Delvin Breaux took to Twitter to say his playing career might be over, thanks to the failure of the CFL to pay its athletes.
“CFL TOLD US TO START LOOKING FOR JOBS IN OFFSEASON – That’s God telling me it’s my time…,” Breaux told his followers. “So if y’all know Any Marketing /Branding agencies in The United States wanna work with a hard working , God fearing King, to make some moves , can’t keep sitting on my ass…”
Breaux’s long term intentions aren’t clear, but many fans took it to be an unofficial retirement announcement. Breaux did little to dismiss that speculation, saying he had to make a business decision even if he had more left in the tank.
“I’m not done, just gotta do what’s best for me and my son,” he responded to one interested fan.
Breaux played in 10 games during the regular season in 2019, making 26 tackles, one interception and forcing one fumble. The 30-year-old was a key member of the stingiest defence in the CFL, Hamilton gave up a league-low 344 points as the Ticats produced a franchise-best single-season record at 15-3.
The two-time CFL all-star and former New Orleans Saint is the league’s highest paid defensive back, according to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk earning approximately $200,000 per season on his current deal which runs through the 2021 season. He had recently recovered from offseason thumb surgery and was expected ready to go for the regular season.
Breaux received vocal support in his decision from teammate Dylan Wynn and Alouettes offensive tackle Tony Washington. Breaux would be the second star lost by the Ticats during the pandemic, after reigning MOP Brandon Banks announced he would opt out last month. They aren’t alone, with Alouettes running back James Wilder Jr being the first player to retire in the face of pandemic delays. Riders receiver Shaq Evans indicated he might do the same if the CFL did not make an announcement by Friday.
Dissent is growing among the players and the league must move quickly before they lose more of their most marketable athletes.
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