One of Chris Jones’ right-hand men is no longer with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
John Murphy took to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon to say his days with the football club have come to an end after a mutual parting of the ways.
— John F. Murphy (@draftjm13) December 5, 2018
Murphy, who had one year left on his contract, joined the Riders in 2015 after many years in Calgary as their assistant general manager and director of player personnel. He had been the team’s assistant vice-president of football operations and player personnel and looked after personnel-related matters including the CFL draft and identifying and evaluating free agents,
Murphy does not say where he is going or why he is going, but there is speculation he has fallen victim to the CFL’s salary cap for coaching and football operations staff. A report from “The Athletic’s Kirk Penton” suggests Murphy was asked to take a ten-percent pay cut which is something he was not willing to do because of his contract.”
“On behalf of the Rider organization, I want to thank John for his three years of hard work and leadership with our football club,” said Riders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones. “He is one of football’s top personnel men and was a big contributor to our success. He will remain a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best.”