9 CFLers working out with two NFL teams today

According to Vancouver radio station News 1130, the New Orleans Saints worked out eight CFL players today, including B.C. Lions linebacker Adam Bighill, Redblacks defensive back Forrest Hightower, Winnipeg defenders Tony Burnett and Khalil Bass and Riders defensive back Otha Foster.

Greg Ellingson working out with the Bears this afternoon

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MY humble view:: Greg Ellingson will make it.

Make it 10 CFLers, Kenny Shaw working out today for the Bears

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It's too bad they're not playing right now... just like nhl free agency...

immo the two bombers aren't really cut out to be NFL starting LBs....

Both Bass and Burnett are somewhat under-sized and under-powered to start.

Both however, have excellent chase capabilities - which means they could make decent special-teamers or kick team regulars.

They both could be serviceable depth linebackers (not first off the bench, perhaps 2nd or 3rd)

Burnett may even have a chance to become a reserve strong safety.

Just my opinion - I could be right! :cowboy:

...........and one more, Nevis from the Ticats working out for the Saints today.

Best of luck to all of them!

Derel Walker, Dionte Spencer, Kenny Shaw, Greg Ellingson and Stamps guard Derick Dennis all worked out with the Bears

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How can these guys go work out for NFL teams but the CFL clubs can't even talk to them them until Feb? Unless there is a good reason by the CFL then this must change.

Anyone know why the FA period is constructed this way? Maybe I am missing the reason

The players have been given permission from their clubs to try out in the NFL. They still have CFL contracts, like Adam Bighill until Feb. 2018, or some will become free agents in 2017. If the player gets a NFL offer, his CFL contract will be immediately nullified without compensation. That's because the NFL is so big and powerful and the CFL so small and weak. Nothing the league can do about it. The CFL registered the contracts with these provisions included or are turning a blind eye to the NFL tryouts.

If a CFL player under contract gets injured during his NFL tryout, I guess his CFL team could release him and the NFL team would have no obligations either.

Just a matter of time before CFL players are available on a callup basis during regular season . . . . turning the CFL into an official farm system for the NFL.

If that's the case - and I really hope it isn't - CFL teams should be compensated for call-ups - at least 1 million per CFL team per year flat fee plus a callup fee for players extracted during regular season. . . . . and not that cheap either - minimum of annual contract value for that player.

Not a bad value for NFL - if a team is desperate for an experienced olineman during season - then usually they'd have to pay no more than $110,000 to $180,000. I'd also limit the call-up to no more than 1 defensive player, 1 offensive player, 1 special teamer per season - that would be the maximum loss for one CFL team. Quarterbacks would be exempt from the process.

That would never happen as it would obviously be the death of the league. No idea why you say it's "just a matter of time". That's certainly not the case and there's nothing to indicate there ever will be.

An NFL team would never be desperate enough to look to the CFL for an "O" lineman or any other player. They have a huge choice coming out of the NCAA ranks.
Players in the CFL are playing out their contracts and trying to catch on with an NFL team, they are attending these camps with dozens of other ex-NFL, NCAA players

It's not like pro-soccer where players can be bought from another team or league. Remember Dafoe for TFC? he was bought by TFC from an EPL team, Toronto paid a multi-million dollar fee to the English club for the guy and he was a bust. But TFC at least sold the guy to another EPL team and got millions for him.

At least the players trying out for the NFL teams this off season played a few years in the CFL and helped their teams, the fans and teams got their moneys worth. Some of the players deserve a good shot at a million dollar contract, even if they only play one year in the NFL.
For a lot of CFL players it would take 20 years to make $1 Million.

Another 8 CFL players working out for the Bengals yesterday

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Punter/Kicker Rich Leone was released by the Lions today so he could sign a NFL contract (sssh...with Arizona, its still a secret :wink: ) which reportedly includes a substantial signing bonus. Good luck Rich down south! :thup:

teams can say no to a premature player release. They don't have to do it. If they say no it will create some excitement, maybe a lot of excitment. Maybe its time has come. They can also punish the player with a financial hit if they wish to pursue the NFL. One way of a "positive punishment" is to Back Load a contract with a bonus payment at the end of their contract term, only for players the GM deems worthy.

League and teams will need to come up with a strategy as the current cap seems too low and the players know nothing is guaranteed. The current Cap system with an amount set aside for bonuses on top of the Cap, front or rear loaded will help. League is getting too big and the players too good for nothing to happen.

GM's need additional tools to help sign players including top level draft selections. Each team can start with $250 - $500 K bonus system on top of the Cap in order to accomplish this.

As a fan I want to see the best Canadians signed from University, now they may not be selected knowing the player may try the NFL.
Giving a first round selection a $50 - 100K signing bonus does not seem out of the norm these days and it doesn't break the bank. It will also increase the League profile. Seems like it would be money well spent.

Giving a first round selection a $50 - 100K signing bonus does not seem out of the norm these days and it doesn't break the bank. It will also increase the League profile. Seems like it would be money well spent.
Seems like a good idea I'd say. :thup:

That hits it smack on the head.NFL Development money. If the cfl is to grow they MUST add teams from the USA as a division. Yes there was a attempt back in time but it will happen again. Probably no one on this form wants that but people on the street have no problem with a development league for NFL.

As a ratio this means one player per team has been shot of signing down south, which isn't bad. Though the gravitas they carried on their CFL club can be argued.

In the last week the Lions have lost 3 defensive starters and their kicker to the NFL: Leone with Cardinals, DB Gaitor and LB Bighill with Saints and DE Bazzie with the Colts.

It's one thing for the CFL to become the farm league for the NFL but there should be some compensation coming our way. NFL teams should pay a nominal $40k Developmental Fee (or 30% of the player's signing bonus) for signing a player who was released from his CFL contract to sign in the NFL.

I like the idea of a Canadian football Spring league in the U.S. The CFL would own and operate the U.S. league (6 or 8 teams to start) playing 100% Canadian football, not an American or hybrid game. The season would startup around Feb. 15th and play their championship around May 15th (two weeks before CFL training camps open), developing players for both the CFL and NFL.

This would generate multi-millions in expansion fees (see MLS) and likely garner a lucrative U.S. TV contract. This should increase interest in the CFL on both sides of the border.

The CFL has the advantage (over many failed attempts to start a new U.S. football league) about knowing how to successfully operate a small budget football league (and how to correctly launch an expansion franchise, like the RedBlacks which are the epitome of expansion success in any league.)