I know that many on this forum may view what Jim and Marc have done over the last couple of years as "betrayal" or words to that effect where the Montreal Alouettes are concerned.
As I have posted before, I feel confident that many American players and coaches have inserted escape clauses in the their contracts for precisely such opportunities. And yes, the NFL would indeed have to be considered "moving up" as Niagara has suggested. With so many firings of GMs and coaches this time around, however, we would have to consider this situation as unique and rare.
Over the last few years, the Als in paricualr and the CFL in general have gained notoriety south of the border, largely on the marvellous exploits of Anthony Calvillo. But most football fans, including Canadians, would consider the NFL to be the elite league. This is not to suggest in any way that the CFL is an inferior product; it generates plenty of excitement and good entertainment. But the salaries, the financial security...puts the NFL into several categories where the CFL simply cannot compete.
Most of our great American players continue to make their permanent homes south of the border, and this is also true of Marc and Jim. So, I can't entirely blame them for seeking their fortunes elsewhere and I expect that others will do likewise.
Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, football will catch on here, Canadian fans will catch "football fever", the CFL will grow in popularity, at least rivalling the NHL... Well, all of that is a pipe dream at this point, but I hope it happens one day. If and when it ever does, scenarios such as these wilol be rarer.