WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced on Tuesday they have signed seven American players – receivers Keric Wheatfall, Braxton Burmeister, Peter Afful and Oliver Martin, kicker Jose Borregales, linebacker/defensive back Marcus Hillman and defensive end Ali Fayad.
I thought to be considered a Global, a player had to have told the the CFL he wanted that designation. Then, the CFL would make them Global Draft eligible. If all the teams passed on him, he could then sign anywhere as a free agent. Was Borregales ever Global Draft eligible? To my knowledge, the answer is no. Just being born outside of US or Canada does not automatically give you the status of Global in the CFL.
We know that once a player is considered an American, that can never change.
So the question in my mind is this: does Borregales hold dual citizenship and is an American citizen as well? If so, there is nothing more to discuss regarding this issue. He should be an American in the CFL.
However if Borregales has only Venezuelan citizenship & never applied to be in the Global draft but could have been eligible this year if he applied, then we might have an ethical issue here. Borregales would have a much better chance making a CFL roster if were a Global. But if he were in the Global Draft, there is a good chance that the team he just signed with (Winnipeg) would not necessarily be the team who drafted him.
The movement out of the merged league down south is in full swing. There’s been some big signings by a # of teams - McBeth being the biggest name so far. It’ll be interesting to see how many of them stay I have an impact on the league.
The last time I checked with regard to all the rules on designation for some players such as this example, the rules are rather complicated.
Also the determination of the designation is not the same as merely one’s citizenship, for there are many Canadians and others who are resident in Canada and in the United States with dual citizenship.
For those players who are dual nationals, no matter where they live,
I’m not sure if the following is how the rules work out in general for the determination of the designation,
or if the rules are indeed as complex as the last time I checked them years ago when we had only “Imports” and “Non-Imports”?
Dual national USA and any other country but Canada = American Designation
Dual national Canada and any other country but USA = Canadian
Dual national Canada and USA, raised in Canada = Canadian
Dual national USA and Canada, raised in USA = American
Dual national neither USA or Canada = Global
If anybody has any more insight, please do advise.
It is but they are in a different position this year. Walters has basically said that he has to wait for his top guys to decide first, read Oliveira and Schoen. Schoen is probably as good as gone with what he is reportedly asking for and certainly will be gone if Oliveira stays.
I have no idea what the rules are but I don’t think they are quite as you have set out regarding dual US/Canadian citizenship. I say this because of the article below on the Bombers recently signing Drew Wolitarsky.
Drew has that dual citizenship, presumably because his mother was born in Montreal. He was born in California and finished his US college career in Minnesota, famously as Mr. Fur Coat’s roommate. As far as I am aware he was raised in the US, but yet is considered a Canadian. That means that where a player was raised isn’t a definitive criteria.
Based on his last 2 yrs Brady O - deserves a base salary no less than $190,000 w/ bonuses for rushing yds, receiving yds, grading, total yards, games played, all-star, etc. With a year similar to last year the bonuses could jack his pay packet to near $300k