CFL allowed Alouettes to sign player with an NFL out clause – in violation of their own policy
“In this case, a contract for Justin Zimmer was registered with the CFL in November 2017. That contract included a clause that would grant Zimmer his release should he receive an NFL offer. This did not constitute a side deal,? the league said in a statement. “Having said that, such a clause is against our rules and procedures. That contract should not have been registered by the CFL. ? The league has also cleared the Alouettes of any wrongdoing. “That error rests with the CFL and so the Als are not under investigation,?
Similar to the mistake they made with Chris Williams' contract, allowing it to be filed even though a) his agent wasn't registered with the league, and b) he wasn't offered a two year contract required by the league.
(Not that the courts cared about that. They ruled that, even though the contract was non-compliant, it had still been signed by both the player and the team, so was still legally binding. Williams finally managed to force the Ticats into a settlement based on the unclear wording in the option year letter, a claim that was supported by the courts.)
Makes you wonder if anyone at the league office actually reads the contracts before filing them. And many other players are playing under non-compliant contracts.
How? They set a policy, failed to enforce it and admitted it was a mistake. If they were to review all other contracts and find that others had also been approved, with the Commissioners knowledge, then that suggestion holds water ... but one mistake does not "cake" make.