Player Eligibility

Saw this in today`s Vancouver Sun from veteran CFL reporter Mike Beamish:

"Since McCallum technically is not a free agent, the Lions would have to appeal to the commissioner’s office for his release, a scenario that seems unlikely though appealing, given the wobbly state of the team’s kicking game heading into post-season."

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Does this make any sense? As I understand it you cannot sign a player released by another team after the CFL trade deadline which this year was Oct. 14.

they won't sign him and I highly doubt he'll go back to BC.