Hamilton Tiger-Cats have CFL rights to Kaepernick, Manziel, RGIII

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One Canadian Football League has squatted on the rights to three of football’s highest-profile unemployed quarterbacks.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have the CFL rights to Colin Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN. Tiger-Cats CEO Scott Mitchell (no relation to the former NFL quarterback of the same name) indicated that acquiring the rights to those players is mostly about showing their fans that they’re serious about uncovering talent anywhere they can find it, rather than thinking there’s a real chance of any of those quarterbacks going to the CFL.

“We see it as a way to spur fan dialogue both in Canada and in the United States,” Mitchell said. “To us, it is just a matter of being transparent.”

So while none of those players is likely to play in Hamilton, the team has the opportunity if any of them should decide heading north is the best way to continue his career. And the CFL does take those rights seriously: Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach/G.M. Chris Jones was recently fined $5,000 for meeting with Manziel’s publicist, which the CFL considered tampering with Hamilton’s contractual rights.

33 responses to “Hamilton Tiger-Cats have CFL rights to Kaepernick, Manziel, RGIII

  1. Good Luck Beating out Jerimiah Masoli, Everett Golson and Zach Collaros!! Honest to god all three of those are better than Manziel, Kap and RGIII

  2. LOL, when Krap played in Buffalo last year some of the best signs were those that pointed out how close to Canada he was if he didn’t want to respect the USA! He should go up there so Joetoronto has someone with a name to root for since they can’t support an NFL team!

  3. This article skips the most interesting parts of the story: 1. The Tiger-Cats managed to land all three of them by being the first to place them on a “negotiating list” that is first-come-first-served. 2. They’ve already mentioned Manziel in a marketing campaign bragging how they have his rights. 3. If Manziel or any of the rest ever expressed interest (however that is defined) they’d have just 10 days to sign him or they’d lose the rights 4. League minimum in the CFL is $40,000 per year and Vince Young in his brief stint signed for just under $90,000.

  4. Interesting strategy. Any of these 3 would be instant starters and spark large attendance and merchandise sales.

  5. I believe the Stockholm Social Justice Warriors of the European Football League have Kaep’s rights too.

    As for Manziel, he is first pick in every Beer League in the country.

  6. So this GM tells his fans that he’s open to looking for talent and then comments on having those 3 clowns rights? Do they drug test GMs in the CFL?

  7. Did Hamilton also lay claim to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton? You know, just in case.

  8. The Tiger-Cats are also the only CFL team to beat an NFL team in a game — the Bills. Maybe we should call them up and relegate one of our usual bottom feeders.

  9. The CFL is a good league that should get more attention from the mainstream media. If guys like RG3 and Manziel, truly want to be starting qb’s and resurrect their careers. The CFL should be their next move. These guys say they love the game but money talks. Hamilton is smart owning these players rights. It’s a nothing to lose type situation.

  10. “Tiger Cats have locked down the rights to all 3 Stooges”

    You win the thread I’m not even going to try and beat that.


  11. That is why the CFL is also called the Canadian Foreign Legion where the a rogues gallery of desperate characters can enlist for service.

  12. How in the hell did Kyle Shanahan make RG3 have the best year ever as a rookie with 6 new starters on offense and a defense ranked 28th and their special teams ranked dead last? Now, he can’t play in the NFL.

  13. I think you are forgetting how quite a few CFL QBs did very nicely in the NFL: Joe Kapp, Warren Moon, Joe Theisman, Doug Flutie and that’s just off the top of my head. Its possible that with 12 man rosters, players in motion, colder atmosphere, and a wider and longer field & 3 downs they might learn something in Canada? No, how could that be? But the coaches know its true, and many of them have transferred in both directions and have immense respect for the CFL and its over a century of existence, ever since the first game of modern-looking football was brought down from McGill to play Harvard over a century ago. Learn about it, but do more: enjoy it. Its a different game with a different set of skills required & acquired. One Canadian great, one of the greatest, Russ Jackson, turned down U.S. offers that would have made him a multi-millionaire in the late sixties. In the sixties, a Canadian dollar was worth more than the U.S. greenback. Russ preferred Canada & many players do!

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