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:
|Zerrick Cooper||QB||Jacksonville State|
|Ben DiNucci||QB||James Madison|
|Tipa Galeai||LB||Utah St.|
|Gage Gubrud||QB||Washington St.|
|Marcelis Branch||DB||Robert Morris|
|Julian Good-Jones||OL||Iowa St.|
|Jake Haener||QB||Fresno St.|
|Jarrell Owens||DE||Oklahoma St.|
|Horace Richardson||DB||Southern Methodist|
|DeAndre Thompkins||REC||Penn St.|
|Skylar Thompson||QB||Kansas St.|
Edmonton Football Team
|Josh Brown||OT||College of Idaho|
|LD Brown||RB||Oklahoma St.|
|Case Cookus||QB||Northern Arizona|
|Brandon Polk||REC||James Madison|
|Shane Zylstra||REC||Minnesota Mankato|
|Kentrell Brice||DB||Louisiana Tech|
|Dillon Gabriel||QB||Central Florida|
|Anthony Lanier||DT||Alabama A&M|
|Andrew Lauderdale||OL||New Hampshire|
|Eric Lee||DE||South Florida|
|Jonathan Woodard||DT||Central Arkansas|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
|Ian Book||QB||Notre Dame|
|John Daka||DE||James Madison|
|Tae Hayes||DB||Appalachian St.|
|Alex McGough||QB||Florida International|
|Wyatt Miller||OL||Central Florida|
|Deatrick Nichols||DB||South Florida|
|Brock Purdy||QB||Iowa St.|
|Malik Carney||DL||North Carolina|
|Greg Dortch||REC||Wake Forest|
|McKenzie Milton||QB||Central Florida|
|Cameron Phillips||REC||Virginia Tech|
|Drew Plitt||QB||Ball St.|
|Corey Thompson||LB||Louisiana St.|
|Keion Adams||DL||Western Michigan|
|Jacques Patrick||RB||Florida St.|
|Teo Redding||REC||Bowling Green|
|Cooper Rush||QB||Central Michigan|
|Brett Rypien||QB||Boise St.|
|Rogan Wells||QB||Valdosta St.|
|Dustin Crum||QB||Kent St.|
|Jayden Daniels||QB||Arizona St.|
|Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|La’ Michael Pettway||REC||Iowa St.|
|Connor Cook||QB||Michigan St.|
|Treston Decoud||DB||Oregon St.|
|Jordan Fehr||LB||Appalachian St.|
|Tavarus McFadden||DB||Florida St.|
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.