In attempt to be more transparent, the CFL has decided to reveal 10 players from each team’s negotiation list that has otherwise been totally confidential.
For the casual football fans, each team can secure the rights of 45 players that aren’t playing in the league yet. Each list is mostly made up of college football players or guys who are currently in the NFL. If these players ever want to come to the CFL, they can only negotiate with the team that has their rights.
Not every player on the list is a household name, but there are some big names that appeared after the league made the big reveal at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Here’s a quick recap of the biggest names that appeared on the revealed negotiation lists:
• Robert Griffin III-QB-Hamilton Tiger Cats
The 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year did not play in 2017. He last suited up for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 (he played five games) after spending four years with the Washington Redskins. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner is now 28 years old, which means his NFL career might just be over.
• Colin Kaepernick-QB-Montreal Alouettes
Kaepernick’s been in the news quite a bit over the last year or so, but not for football reasons. The 30-year-old spent five years with the San Francisco 49ers. He fell just short of winning the Super Bowl in 2012, as his 49ers lost a 34-31 decision to the Baltimore Ravens. There’s no denying his NFL market has all but dried up, but does that mean he’s coming north to Canada? The Alouettes could certainly use him. The fact that he’s property of the Als isn’t a surprise. It had been mentioned in the past.
• Lamar Jackson-QB-B.C. Lions
The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft, but where he’ll be taken remains to be seen. The 21-year-old is loaded with athleticism, but some believe he’ll have to change positions if he wants to carve out a career in the NFL. Time will tell if he’ll ever end up coming to Canada.
• Baker Mayfield-QB-Toronto Argonauts
This year’s Heisman Trophy winner enters the 2018 NFL Draft as one of the top quarterback prospects available. Even if it doesn’t work out for Mayfield in the NFL, he’ll likely only turn into a CFL option a few years down the road. The former Oklahoma quarterback was fantastic in 2017.
• Denard Robinson-RB-Toronto Argonauts
Robinson was a quarterback at Michigan, but he also spent some time at wide receiver and running back late in his collegiate career. The 27-year-old was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and served as a running back there, but he moved around all over the field. He had a career-high 582 rushing yards in 2014, but he was out of the league in 2017.
• Greg Little-WR-Ottawa Redblacks
The former North Carolina Tar Heel was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2011. He caught 61 passes for 709 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie season, but he was never able to replicate those numbers again. The 28-year-old hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2014.
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