TORONTO — For the first time this year, the nine CFL teams have unveiled ten players from each of their negotiation lists. Clubs are required to do so on two occasions throughout the year following a measure approved at the 2018 CFL winter meetings.
Because neg list players have value, even if they never play for the team that holds their rights. You should think of the neg list as the CFL’s way to draft American players. Only there are no rounds, and all the players are first come first serve.
Many trades have been done over the years simply to acquire rights to a player.
And like the draft, they don’t need the players consent.
Some people may follow NCAA closely. This is a first step to building some name recognition for guys who may eventually turn up to camp one year. More recognition will get some fans more invested in seeing these guys and build interest in their CFL team, rather than a bunch of new names who just show up in a random Canadian city. In the past Ticats have posted videos highlighting some of the neg list guys each year. A few have come to camp that year or a subsequent year. Some folks may not care but it can never hurt to try to build interest in potential future players.