Only 3, Lestaf? That could be very optimistic; there will probably be a lot more than that. And this type of news item/non-news item will continue to harangue the CFL as long as it exists under the current structure.
There are other pro football leagues - USFL, Arena Football...etc. each of which has entertainment value. BUT the Big Kahuna where pro football is concerned - and I'm sure that many or most pro football affinionados would agree - is the NFL. What does that mean? That the CFL has nothing of value to offer? Certainly not! While pro footballers may begin their careers in one of those leagues, the real destination is the NFL. And why not? - bigger markets, larger fan-base, many endorsements, and, let's face it - whopping salaries!
Some would argue, reasonably, that the CFL approaches what pro sports "used to be", i.e. pro calibre players playing for pride, to represent their city, for love of the game...etc. - commendable virtues all. The (sad!) reality, however, is that pro sports is also big business - a fact, not merely my opinion. Comparisons between the various leagues, warranted or not, will always be there. The CFL and other pro leagues simply cannot compete on the same playing field as the NFL, unless things change in a BIG way in Canada - greater interest in football, more corporate sponsorship, expansion, a larger fan-base, sold-out stadia... Is that likely to happen any time soon? We are indeed lucky to have a man like Popp, but he too may be lured away for many of the same reasons.
So, until football takes over as the #1 sport in Canada, or at least shares equal billing with hockey, our great players and coaches will continue to be lured by or actively seek careers in the NFL. Rumours, whether we like them or not, will therefore continue fly about the CFL. These rumours, I submit, are not merely claptrap, either. In the latest case, Trestman was indeed in the top 3 for the Miami job. As such, it wasn't a rumour. I don't like this any more than anyone else, but that is the way I see it.