A Christmas list will usually get people thinking about Santa. And whether you’ve been naughty or nice. No-one wants that lump of coal in the sticking after all. But, for the CFL clubs a Christmas list means something slightly different. Their Christmas list involves disclosing 10 players each on their negotiation lists.
This is just another string to bow of normality that is re-emerging in CFL circles. After seeing the 2020 cancelled season come to pass having things like this, and the Free Agent market on the move again is all the more reassuring. Especially coming on the heels of the 2021 season, Grey Cup, the All-Stars being named, and the full 2022 season schedule announcement.
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. Because it gives CFL fans another thing to talk about in relation the league.
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. And that, in my opinion, is a good thing.
CFL by-laws state that teams can claim exclusive CFL rights for up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation lists. Players can be added, removed or traded from the lists at any time.
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.
A Christmas list – who is listed with each team?
The 10 player released on each team are listed below:
|Hank Bachmeier||QB||Boise State|
|Spencer Brasch||QB||California Polytechnic|
|Chase Brice||QB||Appalachian State|
|Max Duggan||QB||Texas Christian|
|Devin Leary||QB||North Carolina State|
|Grayson McCall||QB||Coastal Carolina|
|Chandler Morris||QB||Texas Christian|
|Cameron Ward||QB||Incarnate Word|
|Logan Bonner||QB||Utah State|
|Jacob Haener||QB||Fresno State|
|Cole Kelley||QB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Skylar Thompson||QB||Kansas State|
|Scotty Washington||WR||Wake Forest|
|J.T. Barrett||QB||Ohio State|
|Asmar Bilal||LB||Notre Dame|
|La’Darren Brown||RB||Oklahoma State|
|Anthony Hines III||LB||Texas A&M|
|Spencer Sanders||QB||Oklahoma State|
|Ryan Willis||QB||Virginia Tech|
|Calvin Austin III||WR||Memphis|
|Fred Brown||WR||Mississippi State|
|Brian Cole II||LB||Mississippi State|
|Daeshon Hall||DL||Texas A&M|
|Levi Lewis||QB||Louisiana Lafayette|
|Chris Rowland||WR||Tennessee State|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
|Jake Bentley||QB||South Alabama|
|J.T. Hassell||DB||Florida Tech|
|Kobe Jones||DL||Mississippi State|
|Garrett McGhin||OL||East Carolina|
|Ryan Pope||OL||San Diego State|
|Isaiah Zuber||WR||Mississippi State|
|Jayden de Laura||QB||Washington State|
|Sam Hartman||QB||Wake Forest|
|Jamie Newman||QB||Wake Forest|
|Drew Plitt||QB||Ball State|
|Jordan Ta’Amu||QB||Ole Miss|
|Jack Abraham||QB||Mississippi State|
|Sean Clifford||QB||Penn State|
|Lance Lenoir||WR||Western Illinois|
|Damion Ratley||WR||Texas A&M|
|Elijah Sullivan||LB||Kansas State|
|Rogan Wells||QB||Western California|
|Dustin Crum||QB||Kent State|
|Jayden Daniels||QB||Arizona State|
|La’Michael Pettway||WR||Iowa State|
|Kalil Pimpleton||WR||Central Michigan|
|Eric Schmid||QB||Sam Houston State|
|Willie Harvey||LB||Iowa State|
|Jonathan Hubbard||OL||Northwestern State|
|Chad Kelly||QB||Ole Miss|
|Shedeur Sanders||QB||Jackson State|
Banner Image; tucked away on the negotiation Christmas list of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is Taulia Tagovailoa. Image from Si.com