In early December, the League will most probably publish/make available the 2020 Free Agents Trackers. As most Teams, the Als will have many players on that list. I include players that I do think will be on that list and what I expect could happen.
-Chris Ackie LB N Could be re-signed, although did not have a great season.-in games he played.
-Mario Alford KR/WR A Has to be re-signed and he should.
-Woody Barron DT A Could be re-signed. Not a great season.
-Boris Bede K A I expect that he will be re-signed, although I expect competitions during training camp.
-Jean-Samuel Blanc DE N Should be re-signed. Good special teams player.
-Quan Bray WR A I don’t know if he is a potential free agent, but if so he needs to be re-signed.
-Ryan Brown DT A I don’t expect him to be re-sighed. Disappointed season.
-Martin Bédard LS N I expect him to be re-signed.
-Ciante Evans DB A Top player that has to be re-signed.
-Fabien Foote DT N Improvements in 2019. Should be re-signed.
-Jeremiah Johnson RB A Yes, he will be 33 in February but he will most probably be re-signed. Good depth player.
-DJ Lalama LB N Top special teams player and good depth player. Should be re-signed.
-Patrick Levels LB A Could try the NFL. Was a top player in 2019.
Eugene Lewis WR A Could try the NFL, but will be 27 next April. I think that he will be re-signed for more than 1 season.
-Kristian Matte C N Will be re-signed.
-Chris Matthews WR A Will not be re-signed. Will easily be replaced.
-Antonio Pipkin QB A Will not be re-signed. Could end up with another CFL team.
-Greg Reid DB A A top player that I expect will be re-signed to more than 1 year. Could replace Patrick Levels at LB, if he goes to the NFL.
-William Stanback RB N Will most probably try the NFL. The Als will definitely do the outmost to re-sign him, but I expect that he will go to the NFL.
There are definitely other potential free agents, but I have listed the most notable.
Some players are already signed for next season, but some may be released or asked to take a pay cut or retire. Some of these players are:
-John Bowman DE A Had a good season, but will be 38 next July. May decide to retire. If he does return, he won’t be asked to take a pay cut.
- B.J. Cunningham WR A Given the good young receivers on roster, given that he is earning between $150,000 and $162,000, given that Eugene Lewis could receive an increase of $30,000 to $36,000 to re-sign, B.J. may have to accept a pay reduction if he wants to return.
-DeVier Posey WR A Will earn between $156,000 and $168,000 in 2020. Will most probably return, but could be asked to take a pay reduction.
-Tony Washington OT A Given that he was injured in 2019, given that he will be 34 next February, given than he will earn between $150,000 and $162,000 in 2020, given that Chris Schleuger, OT A , has replaced him more that adequately and earning between 81,000 and 84,000 less than Washington and given that late signing Donald Hawkins, OT A , is a good depth player, I don’t expect Tony Washington to return.
For me, the 2019-2020 off-season emphasis will be to re-sign the top players and find good Defensive linemen for 2020. Some Defensive linemen will most definitely be available when free agency begins in February. Let’s hope that a few good ones will be signed.