Calgary Stampeders want to sign Josh Gordon

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If Josh Gordon gets permission to play in Canada, he has a suitor.

Per a league (NFL, not CFL) source, the Calgary Stampeders hold the rights to Gordon.  Per the source, the Stampeders badly want to sign him.

Whether the Stampeders can sign Gordon during his NFL suspension remains incredibly vague.  The CFL has a variety of rules that may or may not apply to a player who is under contract and suspension from the NFL.

Ultimately, like any private business, the CFL will do what it wants to do.  And since success hinges on getting people to pay for tickets and/or watch games on TV, it’s good business to find a way to get Gordon to the CFL.

If the Browns will allow it.  Ultimately, that may be the biggest impediment to Gordon playing football this year.

59 responses to “Calgary Stampeders want to sign Josh Gordon

  1. If he wants to play they should let him play. This guy is a football player, that’s what he does and it’s not right to tell him he’s not allowed to do that with somebody else if he’s not wanted here.

  2. I thought a DUI in Canada was like a felony, Didn’t George W Bush have to get special permission to cross the boarder into Canada following his DUI arrest? This may not be as easy as the Calgary Sampeders make it out to be. However the NFL are idiots for suspending him in the first place, so make it rain Stampeders, Josh Gordon is talented as all get out!

  3. The regular season just can’t start soon enough for Goodell and his chronies… He just can’t seem to stay out of his own way these days. A lot of folks are beginning to believe that he is ruining the NFL.

  4. As long as he doesn’t end up in BC he should be ok. But seriously this guy needs to be around a structured environment and not spending time on his own. CFL would be in his best interest.

  5. Let him go north Goddell…if he has to sit on his hands for a year, it could end up badly!!!

    Free Josh!

    Go Browns!!!

  6. No one saw this coming from a million miles away after Gordon reportedly asked the Browns to play in Canada this year. The next one will say the Argonauts want to sign him too. jsyk

  7. I want to say Ricky Williams broke his arm when the dolphins let him go up north. But when you consider the alternative, a full year off… I could see things going much worse for Gordon. Let the man go! He’d destroy that league

  8. Lowkey I’m thinking about focusing all my football attention on the CFL, don’t know how much more of this I can take.

    The NFL keeps changing rules and thus the game all they want thinking no matter what, we’ll still watch. (And they’re right for the most part) But I think once enough people stop caring they’ll go back to normal **I hope**

  9. What CFL team wouldn’t want him? He’s a dominant receiver in the NFL and would instantly improve any teams Grey Cup chances.

  10. What no one has addressed is what an NFL contract allows.

    If you are on suspension, does the NFL contract allow the employer to restrict your outside activity during suspension period? For example, while it’s not exactly the same thing, in many states noncompete agreements are unenforceable if you are not paid during the noncompete period.

    Does the player have the right to terminate the contract, assuming he is willing to run the risk he won’t get as good a deal as he had in the remaining part of his NFL deal if he wants to come back into the NFL later?

  11. He would be hands-down the best player in the CFL from Day One. I’m not sure that from a personal perspective that would be the best move for him, though.

  12. Calgary is battling the Edminton (derogatory word for Inuit) for first place in the West and the Eastern division is total garbage. Not only would signing with the Stampede be a good way to keep him out of trouble, it would also be a great way for him to see the playoffs and possibly a championship. We all know that won’t be happening with the Brownies any time soon.

  13. Go to the CBA josh. The NFL screwed you now screw them in return and that includes the Browns.

    Screw Goodell and his corrupt owners.

    Browns didn’t go to bat for u. Screw them both.

  14. The browns will argue he is under contract, yet he is suspended so he is not getting paid. If I remember right don’t they suspend his contract too?? In other words he signed a 4 year contract and has 3 years to go, so when he comes back doesn’t he still have 3 years on his contract? If its a suspended contract shouldn’t everything within that contract be suspended? He was basically told by the NFL to stay away from the team, your not a NFL player for a year.. He should have the right to be a CFL player during that time.

  15. I say let him play up in Canada. Worst thing that happens in Canada is he gets a serious injury and cant play next year. Worst thing that happens if he doesnt go to Canada, is he continues on his path and gets suspended for life…

  16. This would be better than the Browns just letting him be idle all season. At least he will have something to occupy his time and (hopefully) keep him out of trouble.

  17. It doesn’t matter who wants him or even if the Browns allow him, which would be stupid. He can’t play for anyone if he’s under contract and suspended. If the Browns cut him, which again would be stupid, then he can play wherever the weed takes him.

  18. If I remember correctly Ricky Williams did the same thing when suspended for a yr for smoking Marijuana. Williams secured the blessing of the Dolphins and he played CFL football.

  19. This is BS!!! Canada gets Josh Gordon and we are stuck with Bieber, Mike Myers, and Celine Dion. WTF is going on here?!

  20. This was a dumb stance for the NFL to take on such a nebulous set of circumstances in Josh Gordon’s case. They let a budding superstar walk and showed absolutely no compassion regarding the player’s welfare while sticking it to the NFLPA. The Browns should allow him to play in Canada as he’ll be much better off being occupied for the season than having all the free time to make possible future bad decisions. The lack of contact with the team bothers me in this stupid decision. The commissioner should resign or be ousted by the owners. He is absolutely ruining the league.

  21. I’m a big Josh Gordon fan, and understand the injury risk for one of their star players playing in Canada, but also based on his track record am not sure he can stay clean and return to the NFL.

    Let him play.

  22. On a serious note, a denial will actually help his lawsuit. The NFL is cutting off his ability to earn income while forbidding him to practice his profession in another country. Brilliant legal strategy actually.

  23. Josh was impressed with the football fervor when people lined the streets of Calgary, Alberta, upon his arrival. Then he found out it was because he was the city’s first black resident.

  24. There are NOT “a variety of rules” that apply from the CFL perspective.

    It’s very simple: if an NFL player is under contract and suspended he cannot sign a CFL contract.

    This rule was put in place by the CFL after the Ricky Williams situation.

    If the Browns release him from his contract then yes he could sign a CFL contract.

  25. Gordon should do whatever is in the best interest for Josh Gordon, not the NFL, not the Browns, not the Cleveland fans. If going to Canada is going to make him some money and keep him in shape he should go to Canada, end of story (even if it means voiding his NFL contract, Cleveland would resign him in a heartbeat next year barring injury).

  26. trbowman

    CFL teams have what is called a “negotiation list” (often referred to as the “neg list”)

    This is a list of players that each CFL team has dibs on the negotiating rights to. The list changes all the time throughout the season as each CFL team adds and deletes names to their list.

  27. Good thing the CFL won’t allow it. The STAMPS? Are you kidding me? They already have the most stacked offence in the league. If they were to add Gordon, season over. Might as well hand Bo Levi Mitchell the Grey Cup right now!
    The Stamps are already going to thump the record-padded Esks in the Labour Day Classic (Alberta version) so the road to the Grey Cup will already be going through McMahon Stadium. Scared me for a while, there.

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