Under the current CBA players can now sign one-year contracts. Traditionally all CFL contracts were for a minimum of two-years, which included a one-year club option at the end of every contract.
The idea for allowing one-year deals was to attract "star" American players who were reluctant to sign two-year lCFL contracts. So now we have transient players who sign to play a few games after their NFL option dry up...only to leave their CFL team the next year for another NFL tryout or to sign for $5k more with another team. Is this really helping the CFL? Are the few players who will only sign a one-year deal worth turning the league into a game of musical chairs? Here is the story:
One-year contracts have been a disaster for the CFL
Upon seeing the huge, ridiculous and official list of potential free agents — 223 players! — it’s obvious the Canadian Football League needs to re-implement the mandatory option-year clauses in its players’ contracts.
The current free-agency rules are in danger of seriously damaging the league’s ability to engage its fans.
Each of the nine teams has between 21 to 31 players who can become free agents if they don’t re-sign with their current squad before Feb. 14. The Grey Cup-winning Ottawa Redblacks have the most potential free agents, with 31, which means that each franchise could lose roughly one-third of the players they had on their active roster and injury lists.