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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.

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  1. floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2014 11:13 AM

    Bet there’s good dope in Canada.

  2. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:18 AM

    I would buy a Josh Gordon Stampeders jersey…

    that would be a collector’s item…

  3. radiofriendly420 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:20 AM

    The CFL gets it.

    The NFL does not.

    Go North, young Josh Gordon.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 28, 2014 11:20 AM

    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.

  5. macneil4025 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    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!

  6. cueghost says: Aug 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    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.

  7. zoogleea says: Aug 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    Come to Calgary, young man! I’ll hook you up with a bowlful or two.

  8. bucrightoff says: Aug 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    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.

  9. jjb0811 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:26 AM

    What he really needs is a stint in rehab.

  10. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 28, 2014 11:27 AM

    No way the Browns allow it.

  11. jerruhjones says: Aug 28, 2014 11:30 AM

    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!!!

  12. cranialdisturbance says: Aug 28, 2014 11:31 AM

    If you’re going to play in the CFL you have to agree not to punch women.

  13. luz56 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:31 AM

    Model team in the CFL owned by the NHL Flames…can’t offer more than 125,000 pro rated…go for it Hufnagel!!

  14. buccaneerbeezy says: Aug 28, 2014 11:32 AM

    Better be a 1 year contract

  15. zoogleea says: Aug 28, 2014 11:34 AM

    I’d love to see him here in Calgary! He would tear it up on our large playing field.

  16. kneelbeforesod says: Aug 28, 2014 11:35 AM

    The details shouldn’t be too difficult to hash out.

  17. maestro1899 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:36 AM

    It’s sad that the NFL will have to follow the CFL’s lead on this one.


  18. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 28, 2014 11:36 AM

    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

  19. tkbk1983unclesam303 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    If they allow him to go there will be a good dope in Canada.

  20. finfanrb23 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    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

  21. iman62 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:40 AM

    Maybe the stampeders can take Clevelands spot in the NFL. Probably would have a better receiving core.

  22. h3min1230 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:41 AM

    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**

  23. coltzfan166 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:42 AM

    As badly as the Chad Johnson experiment has gone in Montreal, they should be at Josh’s doorstep, on their knees, begging him to sign with them.

  24. gbatap says: Aug 28, 2014 11:43 AM

    Didnt Ricky Williams go play in the CFL while suspended?

  25. rje1733 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:44 AM

    I thought Americans with DUI records weren’t allowed in Canada

  26. metalman5150 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:49 AM

    Best of luck to Josh Gordon!!! I will watch you, play, wherever you go! Plus, Marijuana is as stigmatized in Canada, as it is the US!

  27. bonnovi says: Aug 28, 2014 11:49 AM

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

  28. mrpkg says: Aug 28, 2014 11:49 AM

    Are Bell & Blount next?

  29. getyourownname says: Aug 28, 2014 11:50 AM

    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?

  30. bassplucker says: Aug 28, 2014 11:50 AM

    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.

  31. steelerben says: Aug 28, 2014 11:50 AM

    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.

  32. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 28, 2014 11:51 AM

    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.

  33. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 28, 2014 11:52 AM

    CFL not CBA.

  34. steves11 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:52 AM

    The question is, can the NFL stop him from playing in the CFL? If contractually they can’t, then he’s free to do whatver he wants.

  35. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 28, 2014 11:54 AM

    And tell Goodell and the NFL to buzz off on their 10 drug tests a month too while being suspended and not being paid.

    There are few organizations as corrupt as the NFL

  36. metalman5150 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:56 AM

    *** Plus, Marijuana is NOT as stigmatized in Canada, as it is in the US!

  37. wferg1121 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:58 AM

    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.

  38. tkbk1983unclesam303 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    You know what they say “the grass is always greener”……

  39. Chuck Norris says: Aug 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    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…

  40. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 28, 2014 12:00 PM

    It would be hilarious if elite players started playing in the CFL and stiff arming the NFL and watxh all these greedy corrupt owners see their money evaporate.

  41. bucksnknucks says: Aug 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    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.

  42. theageofquarrel says: Aug 28, 2014 12:05 PM

    People who call marijuana dope. They are dopes

  43. Indybear says: Aug 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    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.

  44. mackie66 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:08 PM

    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.

  45. rawdiggity32 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:12 PM

    He’ll join Joe West at the wideout spot!!!

  46. pfu2 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:30 PM

    I will support Josh in the CFL, NFL is turning into flag football anyways.

  47. newjerseygiants says: Aug 28, 2014 12:31 PM

    Players make almost nothing in the CFL. I heard between $35,000 – $150,00. Not per game, per year.

  48. frenchysgoldfish says: Aug 28, 2014 12:31 PM

    Go For It (on 3rd down) Gordon!

  49. medic406 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:34 PM

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

  50. urbusted2 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:38 PM

    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.

  51. mightysimi says: Aug 28, 2014 12:43 PM

    They changed the rules after Ricky Williams. The CFL honours any suspensions by the NFL. Brazill is different because he was cut.

  52. sdchicken says: Aug 28, 2014 12:44 PM

    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.

  53. medic406 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    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.

  54. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 28, 2014 12:56 PM

    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.

  55. theouthouseprophet says: Aug 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    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.

  56. trbowman says: Aug 28, 2014 1:08 PM

    How do these CFL teams randomly own the rights to NFL players? It’s not the first time I’ve seen that stated.

  57. 1uniquename says: Aug 28, 2014 1:17 PM

    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).

  58. theouthouseprophet says: Aug 28, 2014 1:37 PM


    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.

  59. completefan says: Aug 28, 2014 1:42 PM

    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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