Poll

Which position should the Bombers first pick play?

Receiver
O Line
DB / LB
D Line
Special Teams

Lyle B. Style

If the CFL had a category for undrafted Canadian QBs/holders at a lower minimum (say - $48,000) that would enable every team to put a developmental canuck on the roster - essentially for bird-seed and let them attend meetings, training camp, even gameday as a holder/emergency 4th QB.

WHY NOT?
WAITING FOR A  MIRACLE - 28 YEARS, COUNTING!

papazoola

If the CFL had a category for undrafted Canadian QBs/holders at a lower minimum (say - $48,000) that would enable every team to put a developmental canuck on the roster - essentially for bird-seed and let them attend meetings, training camp, even gameday as a holder/emergency 4th QB.

WHY NOT?
.....WHY NOT INDEED......agree totally with you Lyle on that one...Long overdue...I'm sure there are a few Sinopoli's out there...Not just because he transitioned to a damn good receiver....he could actually chuck the ball...(something I don't understand why the RedB''s don't employ more often)..This league is missing out on some excellent talent 
...one of the most integral parts overlooked in conversation....is to hear what\'s NOT being said....Anonymous

depopulationINC

If the CFL had a category for undrafted Canadian QBs/holders at a lower minimum (say - $48,000) that would enable every team to put a developmental canuck on the roster - essentially for bird-seed and let them attend meetings, training camp, even gameday as a holder/emergency 4th QB.

WHY NOT?
So you want to pay them less than everyone else and say "hey, you are a token player?"  I would find this offensive.  Now, if you want to give a "cap rebate" of 5-10k to promote the position...great.  Having them on the fringe looking in really does nothing.  You can't have them in holding without practicing...the kicker/holder relationship/timing is pretty important....not to mention that there is the odd trick play that needs to be developed

What Bridge has proposed in conversations with the commish is...Make it a ratio counter so that if you are designating 5 nationals on O and have a national QB in that he counts towards that....he is not even suggesting a change to the 21/20/3 ratio...just "in action"  

I really really like Bridge's idea.  If you change the overall ratio to include QBs it is
1 - going to be grossly abused
2 - often mean that a Canadian QB is chosen over a more qualified QB.   I know this happens in other positions...QB is too important not to develop the best available players.

Instead what it does is give no actual benefit to the team ratio wise unless the Canadian QB is actually on the field....thus legitimizing having a Canadian around.  It  could turn into largely a short yardage specialist position....but it keeps them in the mix for further action and is a big step.

I like that idea.  I have always thought a Canadian on the roster that minimum salary does not hit cap was a good idea...but Bridge's idea is really good IMO.  Definitely changed how I look at it.

papazoola

....I'd like to see teams pay more for undrafted canucks....but in a sms world I'm afraid that will never happen....I look at it this way depop...A foot in the door is better than not ever being recognized....The sum Lyle is suggesting might seem paltry but to a National player sitting on the sidelines, without a chance of ever being noticed, it might seem like the world, and a chance to get to know the world of football they obviously love up close and personal

Lyle B. Style

....I'd like to see teams pay more for undrafted canucks....but in a sms world I'm afraid that will never happen....I look at it this way depop...A foot in the door is better than not ever being recognized....The sum Lyle is suggesting might seem paltry but to a National player sitting on the sidelines, without a chance of ever being noticed, it might seem like the world, and a chance to get to know the world of football they obviously love up close and personal
and that's the idea - $48k is better than zero - and its a foot in the door!
Maximum 2 seasons on this position or player has to be full-rostered - OR CUT.
A good developmental today - could be a starter tomorrow - at salaries to be negotiated . . .
Option for teams to do this.
Those that do should get the same amount (48k) taken off their salary cap as an incentive.

My point - it makes the Canadian game more Canadian - and provides developmental opportunity for up to 9 more players.

depopulationINC

....I'd like to see teams pay more for undrafted canucks....but in a sms world I'm afraid that will never happen....I look at it this way depop...A foot in the door is better than not ever being recognized....The sum Lyle is suggesting might seem paltry but to a National player sitting on the sidelines, without a chance of ever being noticed, it might seem like the world, and a chance to get to know the world of football they obviously love up close and personal
and that's the idea - $48k is better than zero - and its a foot in the door!
Maximum 2 seasons on this position or player has to be full-rostered - OR CUT.
A good developmental today - could be a starter tomorrow - at salaries to be negotiated . . .
Option for teams to do this.
Those that do should get the same amount (48k) taken off their salary cap as an incentive.

My point - it makes the Canadian game more Canadian - and provides developmental opportunity for up to 9 more players.
So does what Bridge suggests, and actually makes them part of the team and promotes to find ways to get them into sets and isn't then a discount/free player...something that is opening doors for abuse.

joe

Another blurb about Godfrey Onyeka claiming he is for real.

Water under the bridge at this point but it may have been to the Bombers advantage to hang on to the pick and see who was left on the board before making the trade rather than the night before when they didn't actually know who would be available. Would still have been time to do exactly what they did but also may have drawn in other bidders given the available talent.

As Lyle mentioned Bombers took a knee and deferred until next year. Will be nice for the new GM to have two first round picks. Hopefully he / she does something with them. 

 


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