A Christmas List – CFL releases selected negotiation list names

A Christmas List – CFL releases selected negotiation list names
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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:

BC Lions

Brennan ArmstrongQBVirginia
Hank BachmeierQBBoise State
Spencer BraschQBCalifornia Polytechnic
Chase BriceQBAppalachian State
Max DugganQBTexas Christian
Devin LearyQBNorth Carolina State
Grayson McCallQBCoastal Carolina
Chandler MorrisQBTexas Christian
Jaxon PlayerDLTulsa
Cameron WardQBIncarnate Word

Calgary Stampeders

Logan BonnerQBUtah State
Jake BrowningQBWashington
Mark FieldsDBClemson
Trevon GrimesWRFlorida
Jacob HaenerQBFresno State
Cole KelleyQBSoutheastern Louisiana
Linden StephensDBCincinnati
Skylar ThompsonQBKansas State
Kyle VantreaseQBBuffalo
Scotty WashingtonWRWake Forest

Edmonton Elks

Freedom AkinmoladunDLNebraska
J.T. BarrettQBOhio State
Asmar BilalLBNotre Dame
La’Darren BrownRBOklahoma State
Mike HarleyWRMiami
Anthony Hines IIILBTexas A&M
Cody KesslerQBUSC
Bo NixQBOregon
Spencer SandersQBOklahoma State
Ryan WillisQBVirginia Tech

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Calvin Austin IIIWRMemphis
Stetson BennettQBGeorgia
Fred BrownWRMississippi State
Brian Cole IILBMississippi State
Shon ColemanOLAuburn
Chase GarbersQBCalifornia
Daeshon HallDLTexas A&M
Levi LewisQBLouisiana Lafayette
Erik MagnusonOLMichigan
Chris RowlandWRTennessee State

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Jake BentleyQBSouth Alabama
Keionta DavisDLTennessee-Chattanooga
J.T. HassellDBFlorida Tech
Kobe JonesDLMississippi State
Jaylon McClain-SappDBMarshall
Garrett McGhinOLEast Carolina
Christian MillerDLAlabama
Ryan PopeOLSan Diego State
Jaelin RobinsonOLTemple
Isaiah ZuberWRMississippi State

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Anthony BrownQBOregon
Jayden de LauraQBWashington State
Sam HartmanQBWake Forest
Vosean JosephLBFlorida
Jamie NewmanQBWake Forest
Drew PlittQBBall State
Shawn PoindexterWRArizona
Jordan Ta’AmuQBOle Miss
Taulia TagovailoaQBMaryland
Jamar WatsonLBKentucky

Montreal Alouettes

Jack AbrahamQBMississippi State
Sean CliffordQBPenn State
Coy CronkOLIowa
Christian DiLauroOLIllinois
Lance LenoirWRWestern Illinois
Chris MillerDBBaylor
Damion RatleyWRTexas A&M
Daniel SmithQBVillanova
Elijah SullivanLBKansas State
Rogan WellsQBWestern California


Dustin CrumQBKent State
Jayden DanielsQBArizona State
Marcus JonesDBHouston
Trevon McSwainDTDuke
Tanner MorganQBMinnesota
La’Michael PettwayWRIowa State
Kalil PimpletonWRCentral Michigan
Sam RennerDTMinnesota
Eric SchmidQBSam Houston State
Montrell WashingtonWRSamford

Toronto Argonauts

Britain CoveyWRUtah
Willie HarveyLBIowa State
Hendon HookerQBTennessee
Jonathan HubbardOLNorthwestern State
Chad KellyQBOle Miss
Javon LeakeRBMaryland
Ledarius MackDLBuffalo
Jachai PoliteDLFlorida
Shedeur SandersQBJackson State
Bo ScarbroughRBAlabama

Banner Image; tucked away on the negotiation Christmas list of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is Taulia Tagovailoa. Image from Si.com

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