CFL release lists – are you checking them twice?

CFL release lists – are you checking them twice?
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For the second time this year the CFL clubs have released a list of 10 players each on their negotiation lists. And that means we’ve got something that’s on- field related to talk about.

This follows on from the last release in September. It is so nice not to be talking about the cancelled season and having things like this, and the Free Agent moves teams are making to focus on instead. The more we can have some sense of normality the better for the sake of the league and its fans.

As stated in the press release, when it comes to releasing these lists, “Clubs are required to do so on two occasions throughout the year following a measure approved at the 2018 CFL winter meetings.” Which I think is an excellent idea.

The lists may not tell you that much. But they do give people a chance to look at the sort of player their team is watching. And, even better, to make some talking points for the CFL. Let’s face it the league needs to drive interest more and this is one way at least that they can do it.

A look at the team lists

The 10 player released on each team are listed below:

BC Lions

Trey AdamsOLWashington
Zerrick CooperQBJacksonville State
Matt CorralQBMississippi
Ben DiNucciQBJames Madison
Tipa GaleaiLBUtah St.
Gage GubrudQBWashington St.
Shea PattersonQBMichigan
Carter StanleyQBKansas
Carson StrongQBNevada
Javin WhiteDBUNLV

Calgary Stampeders

Marcelis BranchDBRobert Morris
Julian Good-JonesOLIowa St.
Jake HaenerQBFresno St.
Cassanova McKinzyDEAuburn
Jarrell OwensDEOklahoma St.
Horace RichardsonDBSouthern Methodist
Sean RileyRECSyracuse
Marcus SmithDELouisville
DeAndre ThompkinsRECPenn St.
Skylar ThompsonQBKansas St.

Edmonton Football Team

Josh BrownOTCollege of Idaho
LD BrownRBOklahoma St.
Case CookusQBNorthern Arizona
Pete GuerrieroRBMonmouth
Jerry Louie-McgeeRECMontana
Dante OlsonLBMontana
Bryce PerkinsQBVirginia
Brandon PolkRECJames Madison
Josh RosenQBUCLA
Shane ZylstraRECMinnesota Mankato

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Kentrell BriceDBLouisiana Tech
Jeremy ClarkDBMichigan
Sammie CoatesRECAuburn
Dillon GabrielQBCentral Florida
Tevin JonesRECMemphis
Anthony LanierDTAlabama A&M
Andrew LauderdaleOLNew Hampshire
Eric LeeDESouth Florida
Charone PeakeRECClemson
Jonathan WoodardDTCentral Arkansas

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Ian BookQBNotre Dame
John DakaDEJames Madison
Tae HayesDBAppalachian St.
Alex McGoughQBFlorida International
Wyatt MillerOLCentral Florida
Deatrick NicholsDBSouth Florida
Gimel PresidentDEIllinois
Brock PurdyQBIowa St.
Drew RichmondOLUSC
Desmond RidderQBCincinnati

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Malik CarneyDLNorth Carolina
Scottie DillOLMemphis
Greg DortchRECWake Forest
Adrian MartinezQBNebraska
McKenzie MiltonQBCentral Florida
Cameron PhillipsRECVirginia Tech
Drew PlittQBBall St.
Taulia TagovailoaQBMaryland
Corey ThompsonLBLouisiana St.
Cavon WalkerDLMaryland

Montreal Alouettes

Keion AdamsDLWestern Michigan
Marcus ApplefieldOLVirginia
Joe CallahanQBWesley
Jamal DavisDLAkron
Jacques PatrickRBFlorida St.
Teo ReddingRECBowling Green
Cooper RushQBCentral Michigan
Brett RypienQBBoise St.
Daniel SmithQBVillanova
Rogan WellsQBValdosta St.

Ottawa RedBlacks

Juwann Bushell-BeattyOTMichigan
Dustin CrumQBKent St.
Jayden DanielsQBArizona St.
Eric DungeyQBSyracuse
Brandon HitnerOTVillanova
Sam HowellQBNorth Carolina
Tanner MorganQBMinnesota
La’ Michael PettwayRECIowa St.
Kenny PickettQBPittsburgh
Brant WeissOTToledo

Toronto Argonauts

Solomon AjayiLBLiberty
Dejon AllenOLHawaii
Kelly BryantQBMissouri
Connor CookQBMichigan St.
Treston DecoudDBOregon St.
Jordan FehrLBAppalachian St.
Tavarus McFaddenDBFlorida St.
Dorian Thompson-RobinsonQBUCLA
Grant WellsQBMarshall
Nick WheelerDEColgate

Checking lists twice

Sometimes it is worth having a look just to see if you can find any fascinating nuggets hidden away on your team list.

Take the Toronto Argonauts list. You get to the first name on there, LB Solomon Ajayi, and that already creates interest for UK based American Football fans. He is the brother of former darling of the NFLUK media team Jay Ajayi.

Or you might look at somehting else. Like the fact that once again well over a third of the players listed are QB’s. Once again two teams released particularly pivot heavy lists. With 7 on the BC Lions list, and 6 on the RedBlacks list.

It makes you wonder. Are they throwing darts looking for a reliable backup or a future prospect? Or are they looking to hold bargaining chips? Who knows? But what we do know is it gets you thinking about these things. On field issues once again. That’s the beauty of these lists – their on field focus.

Negotiation Lists – What are they anyway?

Using negotiation lists allows teams to acquire the rights for international players. Each CFL team has its own negotiation list, allowing the team to have exclusive rights to negotiate a contract with the players on their list. This does not preclude players from signing with another league. Only a fully fledged signed contract could do that.

Players are placed on team negotiation lists on a first come, first served basis. Lists can often change and additions or removals are often not known by anyone outside of the team making the list, and the league who they report it to.

However, twice a year the teams reveal a list of ten names on their list. The league has been doing this for a while now.

The truth is that a lot of the players listed won’t ever suit up in the CFL. A lot of them won’t even have been aware they were on the list. But, it creates chatter. It gets fans talking about their team rosters. Which can only ever be good.

Banner image Solomon Ajayi in his time at Liberty. Image from espn.

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