Autumn Negotiation Lists Drop

Autumn Negotiation Lists Drop
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Autumn Negotiation Lists Drop

As we enter Keats’ season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, we may be forgiven for thinking the only thing we will see drop are the russet hued Autumn leaves. Yet there is another burgeoning Autumn tradition too. Because the CFL clubs now regularly reveal a list of ten names on their negotiation lists. So alongside the leaves comes the now anticipated drop of these lists. Which we saw earlier this month.

The clubs have revealed 10 players each. Meaning we have something to talk about alongside the on-field action. Anything that gets fans talking and engaged with the league, however subjective, can only be a good thing I would say.

We can also expect a Christmas list later this year too. An even better time to get fans engaged during the off season.

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.

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. Which is good at any time.

Autumn Negotiation List 2022

So who did each team put on their list? Let’s take a look.

BC Lions

  • Brennan Armstrong | QB | Virginia
  • Chase Brice | QB | Appalachian State
  • Jayden De Laura | QB | Arizona
  • Jaren Hall | QB | Brigham Young
  • Devin Leary | QB | North Carolina State
  • Grayson McCall | QB | Coastal Carolina
  • Tommy Mellott QB | Montana State
  • John Rhys Plumlee | QB | Central Florida
  • Clayton Tune | QB | Houston
  • Cameron Ward | QB | Washington State

Edmonton Elks

  • Carlos Davis | QB | Western Carolina
  • Jalyn Holmes | DL | Ohio State
  • Jalen Jelks | DL | Oregon
  • Isaiah Johnson | DB | Houston
  • Bo Nix | QB | Oregon
  • Michael Penix Jr. | QB | Washington
  • Cameron Rising | QB | Utah
  • Jacob Saylors | RB | East Tennessee State
  • Taylor Upshaw | DL | Michigan
  • Daniel Wright | DB | Alabama

Calgary Stampeders

  • Logan Bonner | QB | Utah State
  • Max Borghi | RB | Washington State
  • Davis Brin | QB | Tulsa
  • Keelan Doss | WR | Cal Davis
  • Jake Haener | QB | Fresno State
  • Cole Kelley | QB | Southeastern Louisiana
  • Jessie Lemonier | DE | Liberty
  • Tommylee Lewis | WR | Northern Illinois
  • Donte Vaughn | DB | Notre Dame
  • Chris Westry | DB | Kentucky

Saskatchewan Roughriders

  • Ryan Anderson | DE | Alabama
  • Antoine Brooks | DB | Maryland
  • Jack Coan | QB | Notre Dame
  • Jake Dixon | OL | Duquesne
  • Christian DiLauro | OL | Illinois
  • Dillon Gabriel | QB | Oklahoma
  • Jerald Hawkins | OL | Louisiana State
  • Zack Johnson | OL | North Dakota State
  • Adrian Killins Jr. | RB | Central Florida
  • Tanner Mordecai | QB | South Methodist

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  • Terrell Bonds | DB | Tennessee State
  • Malik Cunningham | QB | Louisville
  • Adrian Ealy | OL | Oklahoma
  • Sharif Finch | DE | Temple
  • Mark Gronowski | QB | South Dakota State
  • Josh Johnson | WR | Tulsa
  • Jaryd Jones-Smith | OL | Pittsburgh
  • Wyatt Ray | DE | Boston College
  • Carson Strong | QB | Nevada
  • Tyrone Wheatley | OL | Morgan State

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

  • Tyson Bagent | QB | Shepherd
  • Ron’Dell Carter | DL | James Madison
  • Sam Hartman | QB | Wake Forest
  • Carlton Martial | LB | Troy
  • Adrian Martinez | QB | Kansas State
  • Drew Pitt | QB | Ball State
  • Austin Reed | QB | Western Kentucky
  • Ronnie Rivers | RB | Fresno State
  • Stanford Samuels III | DB | Florida State
  • Blake Shapen | QB | Baylor

Toronto Argonauts

  • Britain Covey | WR | Utah
  • JaQuan Hardy | RB | Tiffin
  • Jonathan Hubbard | OL | Northwestern State
  • Tyree Johnson | DL | Texas A&M
  • Isaiah Land | DL | Florida A&M
  • Marcelino McCrary-Ball | LB | Indiana
  • Aidan O’Connell | QB | Purdue
  • Rashid Shaheed | WR | Weber State
  • Nate Stanley | QB | Iowa
  • Marcus Tatum | OL | Central Florida

Ottawa REDBLACKS

  • Braxton Burmeister | QB | San Diego State
  • Jake Dunniway | QB | Sacramento State
  • Katley Joseph | DB | Maine
  • Brenden Knox | RB | Marshall
  • Steven Montez | QB | Colorado
  • Tanner Morgan | QB | Minnesota
  • Kalil Pimpleton | WR | Central Michigan
  • Reid Sinnett | QB | San Diego
  • Dorian Thompson-Robinson | QB | UCLA
  • P.J. Walker | QB | Temple

Montreal Alouettes

  • C.J. Brewer | DL | Coastal Carolina
  • Davis Cheek | QB | Elon
  • Sean Clifford | QB | Penn State
  • Jequez Ezzard | WR | Sam Houston State
  • Felix Harper | QB | Alcorn State
  • Lance Lenoir | WR | Western Illinois
  • Christian Miller | DL | Alabama
  • Lindsey Scott Jr. | QB | Nicholls State
  • Breeland Speaks | DL | Mississippi
  • Elijah Sullivan | RB | Kansas State

Emphasis on the QB

Of the players teams have chosen to reveal there are some interesting different areas of emphasis. Whilst some teams have put together a range of positions, others are laser focused on the QB. Hamilton and Ottawa, for example, have six QB’s on their list. Nobody has gone as all in on that one as the BC Lions however. They have put a full complement of 10 pivots on their list! In fact 40 of the 90 players listed are QB’s.

Some quite big college names are on the list. The strong likelihood being that they will never set foot on a CFL field. But that does not mean CFL fans cannot have funs speculating. Or looking through these lists and wondering if a less well known name could head North to make a name for themselves.

Banner Image: Utah Utes QB Cameron Rising. One of the Autumn negotiation list names for the Elks. Image from athlonsports.com

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