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  1. Madman

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    CFL releases partial negotiation lists for each team
    Dave Naylor, TSN.ca
    https://www.tsn.ca/talent/cfl-releases-partial-negotiation-lists-for-each-team-1.1005314

    Tuesday may not amount to an historic day for the Canadian Football League, but it does mark an interesting change in the way the league has always gone about its business.

    CFL teams don’t draft American players. They protect their rights on something called negotiation lists, collections of 45 names per team that allow franchises to secure the CFL rights to players mostly in college football or the National Football League.

    The lists are shared among teams but kept secret from the public, which never made a whole lot of sense in a world where leagues are fighting for every bit of attention they can get.

    For years, fans and members of the media asked why, pointing out that there would seem to be obvious upsides to releasing negotiation lists: It would stimulate discussion, create anticipation and provide fans with another way to engage with the sport.

    All of which fell on deaf ears.

    That is until last month, when commissioner Randy Ambrosie put the case for releasing at least some of the names before the league’s presidents and general managers. After a discussion and some debate, they voted to take a small step towards change by having each team release 10 names from its list twice a year – once in February and again in December on the eve of NCAA bowl season.

    “When you’re out of sight, you’re out of mind,” said Ambrosie. “You might have been able to get away with that 30 years ago… I think this is a recognition by the presidents, governors and GMs that we are in a different era and if we’re going to compete for the hearts and minds of fans, then we’re going to have to be more transparent with the media who tell our stories.”

    It simply makes sense that football fans in Canada should have known during last month’s College Football Playoff National Championship game that Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is CFL property of the B.C. Lions or that Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa belongs to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

    This fall, Saskatchewan Roughriders fans can watch Penn State senior Trace McSorley with special attention, while Toronto Argonauts fans can watch Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield take his shot at the NFL with added interest.

    Not all of the players will eventually come to the CFL, but that’s the nature of the negotiation list itself. A good list isn’t one full of the biggest names but one stacked with those who may be a better fit for the Canadian game than the NFL.

    Let the fans debate them. Let members of the media have their say.

    It’s not hard to see that the league would like negotiation lists to be entirely public one day. This week marks a small step into a more modern age for the CFL.

    BC LIONS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Greg Ducre DB Washington
    Ryan Finley QB NC State
    Deondre Francois QB Florida State
    Jake Fromm QB Georgia
    Gage Gubrud QB Eastern Washington
    Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
    Najee Murray DB Kent State
    Shea Patterson QB Michigan
    Brett Rypien QB Boise State
    Khalil Tate QB Arizona

    CALGARY STAMPEDERS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Josh Allen OT Louisiana-Monroe
    Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa
    Bennett Jackson DB Notre Dame
    Anthony Johnson DT LSU
    Tommylee Lewis WR Northern Illinois
    Givens Price OT Nebraska
    Tyler Rogers QB New Mexico State
    Brandon Silvers QB Troy
    Greg Ward Jr. QB/WR Houston
    Tourek Williams DE Florida International

    EDMONTON ESKIMOS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Shane Buechele QB Texas
    Case Cookus QB Northern Arizona
    Will Davis DB Utah State
    Josh James OL Carroll College
    Phillip Lindsay RB Colorado
    Jerry Louie-McGee WR/RET Montana
    Steven Mitchell Jr. WR USC
    Zack Wagenmann DE Montana
    Manny Wilkins QB Arizona State
    Shane Zylstra WR Minnesota State

    SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Josh Boyce WR TCU
    B.J. Daniels QB/RB South Florida
    Akeem Davis LB Memphis
    Curt Maggitt DE Tennessee
    Trace McSorley QB Penn State
    Luis Perez QB Texas A&M Commerce
    Eric Pinkins DB San Diego State
    Kevin Snead WR Carson-Newman
    Daxton Swanson DB Sam Houston State
    Adam Zaruba FB Simon Fraser

    WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Jayson DiManche LB Southern Illinois
    Quinton Flowers QB South Florida
    Alex McGough QB Florida International
    Felix Menard-Briere K Montreal
    Shakim Phillips WR Boston College
    Cody Prewitt DB Ole Miss
    Marcus Sayles DB West Georgia
    Tharold Simon DB LSU
    Chris Streveler QB South Dakota
    Corey Washington REC Newberry College

    HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Randall Evans DB Kansas State
    Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
    DuJuan Harris RB Troy
    Julian Howsare DE Clarion
    McKenzie Milton QB Central Florida
    Kalif Raymond WR Holy Cross
    Jumal Rolle DB Catawba
    Nathan Shepherd DL Fort Hays State
    Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
    Andrew Turzilli WR Rutgers

    TORONTO ARGONAUTS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Houston Bates LB Louisiana Tech
    Charles James DB Charleston Southern
    Will Likely DB Maryland
    Nico Marley LB Tulane
    Keshawn Martin WR Michigan State
    Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
    Jonathan Meeks DB Clemson
    Aaron Murray QB Georgia
    Denard Robinson RB/QB Michigan
    Rodney Smith WR Florida State

    OTTAWA REDBLACKS
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Tyler Ferguson QB Western Kentucky
    Bug Howard WR North Carolina
    Joey Ivie DL Florida
    Kaleb Johnson OL Rutgers
    J.T. Jones DL Miami (Ohio)
    Greg Little WR North Carolina
    JoJo Natson WR Akron
    Ejuan Price LB Pittsburgh
    Phillip Walker QB Temple
    Andrew Wylie OL Eastern Michigan

    MONTREAL ALOUETTES
    PLAYER POS. COLLEGE
    Woody Baron DL Virginia Tech
    Brian Hill RB Wyoming
    Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
    Devante Kincade QB Grambling State
    Jonathan Krause WR Vanderbilt
    Riley McCarron WR Iowa
    Nick Moody LB Florida State
    Anthony Philyaw RB Howard
    Austin Rehkow K Idaho
    Rico Richardson WR Jackson State
     
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    Good first step - perhaps the next one should be the absolute inverse of the first.
    Release the entire neg list for each time - perhaps holding back up to 10 players per team?
     
  3. deuvl

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    when the cfl moves 'forward' in some way it seems to find a way to compensate with something backward.

    curious what it'll be this year
     

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