Collie is 29 years old and spent five seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the fourth round of 2009 draft by the Colts. According to the CBA will be classified as a national seeing as he is originally from Hamilton.
Big signing indeed if he can put his concussion history behind him and stay healthy and adjust to the CFL game. Should definitely be an opening or two on the Als receiving group. The fact that the new CBA will classify him as a national when the old rules wouldn't count him as a non import is a big plus.
I was wondering if some of these guys like Collie, who were born in Canada but whose parents went back to the States before they were 5 or 7 or what ever that crazy rule was, would now be eligible to play as "Nationals". My thinking was too be fair they would have to go through a Supplemental Draft, but apparently not if Montreal has signed Austin as a FA.
There's a few other guys out there who should qualify now as Nationals as well. We will have to see if any more surface.
The following Players shall be classified as National Players (formerly non-import):
(a) Canadian citizens at the time of signing of the Player’s first contract;
(b) A Player classified as a non-import prior to May 31st, 2014; OR
(c) A Player who was physically resident in Canada for an aggregate period of five (5) years prior to attaining the age of eighteen (18) years.
Hard to know what applies to him here. I don't know if he has his five years. It sound slike he played his high school ball in California, but how long he lived there beforehand...Lists his hometown as El Dorado, California.
With the new CBA, anyone born in Canada is classified as a National, I believe.
Despite the hyperbole of playing in the big leagues, very few of these veteran NFL players ever produces much in the CFL...especially if they've suffered significant injuries in the NFL. They're usually not anywhere near in CFL shape and often have poor attitudes, like they can just show up and collect their miserly stipend. More often than not they get cut in the first week of training camp and are never heard from again.