Now that the CFL season that never was has ended. Time for some hot stove banter.
Hear me out on this topic. The CFL needs an attraction to get people interested once the CFL restarts their 2021 season. What better way than to get a generational talent to energize the CFL game.
This isn't exactly a bidding war for football talent. It is an option for Lawrence and the league. The CFL contract would still be a two year contract with a multi million dollar deal. The contract could have an out clause after the first year, if Lawrence wants to return to the NFL by re-entering the draft. It could be exempt from the CFL salary cap limits citing "exceptional status" reasoning. The signing would help the Toronto market and CFL exposure in the US. Even if Lawrence doesn't sign with the CFL/Argos, it would create a buzz for the league heading into it's new season.
The Jets are obviously tanking for him. The Jets organization is poorly run. It's a quarterback graveyard. See M. Sanchez, G. Smith, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold etc. Lawrence has nothing to prove staying in college. He isn't getting paid and could get injured. Lawrence could hold out if he was drafted by the Jets, but it shortens his playing time and he ain't getting paid.
MLSE and the Argos have the money to afford a rich, short-term contract. This signing would be overall good for the league for ticket sales and viewership. This would be totally different from the Johnny Manziel signing when Lawrence isn't on his last chance for Football.
MSLE is throwing crazy money to NBA scrubs for it's Raptor team. It would be better value for the Argos in comparison to the Raptors. The Argos have done deals like this in the past with Joe Theisman and "Rocket" Ismail. Both players left after a few years in the CFL. The Rocket was the talk of the Toronto sports market back then and he won a Grey Cup for the Argos
Feel free to discuss.