Kendrick Burney

Here is an interesting article on a very interesting DB prospect the Als signed this off season.

[url=http://www.jdnews.com/sports/local/burney-signs-with-montreal-of-cfl-1.106713]http://www.jdnews.com/sports/local/burn ... l-1.106713[/url]

Doubt if his contract is guaranteed as he seems to imply. He better read the fine print again.

He said that the Als guaranteed him a contract; he is not saying that his contract is guaranteed.

Richard

I guess that makes more sense.

Which also brings up the question of is the CFL better off without the NFL option year window as is the case now, or with the window allowing players to try the NFL in their option year.

Now teams get to keep players for minimum 2 years,but some talented American players probably don`t want to commit for 2 years.

The old way might have attracted more talented players, but we risked seeing them for only one year. Jim Popp for one has gone on record as preferring the old way.

I don't have problem with the old way; if it gives CFL teams more opportunity to sign Import rookies, let's get back to the previous agreement,knowing that not too many Import rookies leave after just 1 year.Let's put all chances on our side. I do understand Import rookies who don't want to commit for two years.

Richard

I like the way it is currently for a whole bunch of reasons.

Relativement à Burney, si j’ai bien compris l’entrevue, il me semble un peu trop sûr qu’il va être sur le terrain. J’aurais préféré qu’il dise qu’il voit une opportunité de travailler assez fort pour avoir une chance de se faire valoir. Une chose est certaine, en tout cas, c’est qu’il a plus la volonté de jouer que de recevoir un chèque (quoique son temps sur les équipes de pratique tirait un peu à sa fin).

Au moins, il est conscient qu’il aura une adaptation à faire au jeu et au terrain. C’est déjà une attitude réaliste.

Relativement à la règlementation, je suis disposé à laisser encore un peu d’eau couler sous les ponts de la formule actuelle, histoire de pouvoir bien comparer l’impact sur le terrain. Si le calibre de jeu diminue, je serais pour un retour en arrière. S’il n’y a pas d’impact apparent, je garderais la formule actuelle.

Il n’est peut-être pas pas mauvais de placer un jeune joueur devant une situation où il doit s’investir. Si la fenêtre d’ouverture au sud est trop rapprochée, il pourrait être plus tenté de jouer pour éviter les blessures plutôt que s’investir entier pour l’équipe qui l’a embauché. C’est une hypothèse, pas une affirmation.

On pourra s’en faire une meilleure idée dans 2 ans, d’après moi.

There is also this rule which I had never heard of which is surfacing from the Chris Williams situation:

From Drew Edwards:

"Chris Williams is looking for a way out of Hamilton.

Multiple sources say the Ticats receiver and kick returner has asked the CFL player's association to investigate whether the team violated the terms of the collective bargaining agreement with hopes of having the final year of his contract with the club declared void.

At issue is a little-known provision within the league's CBA which stipulates that every player must be offered a minimum-term contract – one-year plus a team-held option – even if the club is offering as longer-term contract as well. Williams was signed to a three-year contract (two-year-plus-an-option) in May 2011 and is contending that he was not offered a minimum deal at the time."

Possible, mais même s'il a raison, est-ce que la conséquence serait l'annulation de son contrat ou une compensation en argent? Grief, appel, appel de l'appel... Il va passer l'année à défendre ça! :wink:

MadJack would love it. :smiley:

The way the CBA works if there is a dispute and a player files a grievance with the league the CFLPA can bring it to an impartial arbitrator. I don't know if a contract would fall under that umbrella as the contract is signed with a team and not the league. We will likely never know as the league is never transparent about these types of things. Would love to hear MJ's take on things :slight_smile:

Think it would as the issue is whether the team contravened the CBA

DB is a positon where the players need a lot of confidence because even the best will get beaten, and beaten badly on occasion and need to "forget" it on the very next play.

Yeah. If you don't think you can do the job, not much point playing... I like the fact he wants to play instead of sitting around on a practice roster and he's young too.

No, but he seems to think that his roster spot is guaranteed. I'm not faulting him -- it sounds like he's gotten some garbled advice from NFL types who assume that any player with even a vague sniff of NFL credentials will automatically dress in the regular season, without having to earn his spot in training camp. That said, he'll learn at the mini-camp that nothing is given to you because you were on some NFL team's practice roster. If he can't cover in camp, he won't make the team.