Prospective CFL free agent list released ahead of expansion draft
More than 120 players are scheduled to test the free agent waters. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the most (23), including linebacker Henoc Muamba, the East Division's top Canadian this year.
The Calgary Stampeders, who posted a league best 14 4 record, have 21 players with expiring contracts. Lions have the fewest (six).
The reason for the abundance of Derrick Rose Jersey potential free agents is simple: On Dec. 16, Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins will select 24 players (eight imports, 16 Canadians) over three rounds to stock his expansion team. Desjardins will take eight imports in the first round, before selecting eight Canadians in each of the final two.
The eight other CFL GMs can protect any of their players, including those heading into free agency. However, there's a challenge Ottawa faces taking unprotected prospective Derrick Rose 2XL Jersey free agents: If they don't want to sign with the RedBlacks, they simply have to wait until Feb. 15 when they're able to join the teams of their choice.
Another hurdle Ottawa faces is taking pending free agents who have re signed with their former clubs before Dec. 16, but have not registered the deal with the CFL. Being selected by the RedBlacks would give those players the unique opportunity to sign with the expansion squad because the deal with their former teams wouldn't have been sent to the league office.
However, Ottawa would hold exclusive negotiating rights to the pending free agents until Feb. 15, 2014. Once the players became free agents they could register Joakim Noah 4XL Jersey their prearranged contracts with the CFL to make them legal and binding.
Any www.officialbullsauthentic.com/WOMENS-JOAKIM-NOAH-JERSEY.html pending free agents with prearranged deals not taken by Ottawa could register their contracts with the CFL after the expansion draft, thus limiting the potential free agent pool.
CFL players have seven days to file their contracts with the league, otherwise the deal is illegal. However, proving the violation took place is very difficult.
Ottawa is scheduled to return to the CFL next season, and the club's biggest off season question is: Who will play quarterback? Slated for free agency are Montreal's Josh Neiswander, Toronto's Zach Collaros, Hamilton's Henry Burris, Saskatchewan's Drew Willy and Edmonton's Matt Nichols.
CFL clubs will be allowed to protect a quarterback and 10 additional imports under contract in the opening round.
Any franchise losing a quarterback will then protect two more Canadians in the second round, while a club losing a punter/kicker can protect another Canadian.
In the second, Ottawa will select eight Canadians one from each team as CFL GMs will be allowed to protect six non imports.
If Ottawa wants a Canadian born kicker or punter, it must take him in the second round. A team losing a non import kicker or punter will be allowed to protect another Canadian in the third round.
CFL teams will protect at least six more Canadians in the third, depending on who they've lost to that point. Ottawa will complete the process by taking another non import from each team in the final round.
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