Yazid Atouba, a second round pick last season who impressed enough in 2013's training camp to earn a few minutes early on in the year was waived today. The move gets the Fire down to 28 players on the active roster, which is where Frank Yallop has indicated he'd like to be to start the season. Staying at 28 will enable the Fire to potentially use two "on-budget" slots as allocation funding towards the salary cap.
Orr Barouch has not trained with the team as he recovers from a broken foot so it's apparent another transaction will need to be made as soon as the Grant Ward loan deal is finalized. A move for the Tottenham midfielder will get done so there's still one more move to announce in order to stay at 28.
In other no surprise news....
Sports Illustrated's Brian Strauss claims that Mike Magee's absence from camp two weeks ago was indeed due to an issue revolving around new contract negotiations. Strauss claims Magee is in line for a Designated Player contract in the $450,000.00 to $500,000.00 per season range. Magee and the Fire have agreed to keep this under wraps as a new deal is hammered out which explains some of the odd silence last week.
Either way, it should come as a shock to no one that Magee is getting a substantial raise after an MVP season. The route to that raise has just been less than smooth.