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.)