You know…I am all for these CFL players like Mallet [B.C.] and Grice- Mullen [B.C.] going for the gold- to a point. Who wouldn’t want to try out in the NFL? Players across the CFL have been doing it for years. The pay in the NFL is insanely more lucrative than in the CFL. BUT, it makes zero sense in my mind to offer a guy a 3 year contract with a CFL team and include an ‘escape’ clause that is to the detriment of the franchise that hired him and to the league as a whole.
How on earth can a CFL team rebuild itself when every time it starts getting its act together it gets nixed by flaws in the system? If the CFL is meant to be a ‘farm’ organization of the NFL then so be it. But let’s call it the “Canadian Farm League of the NFL” and call it a day.
As far as I’m concerned if a player has signed onto a 3 year deal then that player stays for the full 3 years! If that player doesn’t like the deal then he doesn’t play in the CFL. I’m sure there are many who will be more than happy to take his place. If he chooses to play and after that time the team still wants to keep him then it can offer him enough incentive for him not to jump ship. At least the team gets 3 solid years out of the player. What happened to so called long term planning?
It seems to me that the CFL is just a place for many of the players to showcase their talents for the NFL to see. Not all, but many. This may be okay for the individual player but it doesn’t do a whole lot for teams that are trying to rebuild and for the CFL as a whole. And it certainly doesn’t offer good value to the fans. Last year the Lions for example lost Wake and Logan to the NFL. This year it is Mallett and Grice-Mullens. Who will be next? I’m happy for these guys, don’t get me wrong, but there has to be a better way of keeping quality players for a longer period of time.