Lockout has some undrafted players heading to Canada

AP

With undrafted free agents facing an uncertain future and unable to sign with NFL teams until the lockout ends, some are deciding that heading to Canada is their best bet to make a living playing professional football

The Calgary Herald reports that two offensive linemen, John Bender of Nevada and J’Michael Deane of Michigan State, have reached agreements with the Calgary Stampeders. Both players had been exploring NFL opportunities but decided the Canadian Football League was a better bet.

As we’ve previously noted regarding the UFL, an offer from the CFL could be tempting for players who weren’t drafted and want to start their professional careers now, rather than wait and hope to sign with a team and make a roster whenever the lockout ends.

And the longer the lockout lasts, the more appealing the CFL and UFL will look to players who just want to play football and get paid for doing it.

15 responses to “Lockout has some undrafted players heading to Canada

  1. This is how the commie Unions ruin every business they stick their Marxist noses in. Business just fades away. This is how it starts.

  2. Could Mike or someone do an article assessing the legalities and realities of what would happen if the NFL decided to close down — would all the contracted players be released from their contracts and be free to sign with the UFL, CFL. And what would happen long-term. Would the NFL try to incorporate as a single entity? And/or would the NFL re-open a year or so later with 32 teams that have 0 players, and have to start all over again trying to sign players?

  3. This is a good chance for them to fight and claw for every meter and show the NFL they can consistently play hard all three downs.

  4. Watching CFL football is looking better and better. Fans can go north of the border too. Wonder what it will take to get widespread coverage of CFL games in the states.

  5. This is a good chance for them to fight and claw for every meter and show the NFL they can consistently play hard all three downs.

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    Yeah, but can they learn how to say “eh” at all the right times? That’s the real test… that and not calling a time-out every time they see that they have 12 guys on the field.

  6. @jeremycrowhurst

    You said: “Yeah, but can they learn how to say “eh” at all the right times? That’s the real test… that and not calling a time-out every time they see that they have 12 guys on the field.”

    First, good attempt with the humour. I’ll at least give you kudos for that. But in the CFL, there are 12 guys on the field.

  7. Just shows me that the NFL is not acting like a monopoly and preventing the players from working in their chosen field. There should be no anti-trust suit.

  8. i think jeremy was eluding to the fact that that the NFL hopefuls would have to deal with the changes in rules (12 men on the field), simple simon.

  9. @vtsquirm…… Thanks, just picked up on that now…. It was a long weekend…. I’m a bit slow today and living up to my screen name

  10. GG Eden says:
    May 9, 2011 9:08 AM
    Could Mike or someone do an article assessing the legalities and realities of what would happen if the NFL decided to close down — would all the contracted players be released from their contracts and be free to sign with the UFL, CFL. And what would happen long-term. Would the NFL try to incorporate as a single entity? And/or would the NFL re-open a year or so later with 32 teams that have 0 players, and have to start all over again trying to sign players?
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    The NFL will not simply shut down.

    Multi-billion dollar corporations don’t just shut down.

    What owner is going to take his billion dollar property and reduce it’s value to virtually nothing overnight?

    Do you understand what it would do the portfolios of these owners if their primary holding (for many if not most of them) suddenly was no longer engaged in any revenue generating business?

    Most of these franchises carry large amounts of debt. To cease operations, they would have to go through bankruptcy. A corporation can’t just shut down if it has creditor obligations unless it doesn’t plan on doing business anymore, in which case it’s assets would be liquidated.

    The shutdown would have to be permanent- they would not be allowed to “shut down for awhile” and then just fire it up when they get what they want. They would have to re-incorporate under a new name.

    And it’s funny how everyone is crying about the de-certification being a sham (which it is). A multi-billion dollar corporation “shutting down” to pressure it’s work force into capitulating would not be a sham?

    All contracts- from players, to TV, to apparel, to internet, everything would be null and void and would have to be renegotiated by the new entity.

    What would the networks do then? They would certainly feel screwed if a season is lost and would be looking to return the favor.

    A shut down would be the very definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face. It would be disastrous to the owners.

    Any for all of you ninnies who say “bring on the replacement players”- can you imagine what would happen if the league was forced to renegotiate TV contracts w
    ith replacement players? They would lose billions.
    Which is probably this is not being reported by any credible news sources and the only person who did any follow up based upon the story printed here yesterday was Peter King- who got flat, off the record denials that any such thing was being contemplated.

    If the League loses in the 8th circuit, they will adjust their position and the deal will get done. If the players lose in the 8th circuit, they will adjust their position and the deal will get done.

    All the thumbs down in the world from the chicken littles won’t change that.

  11. Oh Canadaaa, why must the rules for football be different in the Great White North? Just keep the rules same as in the states and then we could have inter-country competitions as in soccer, hockey, baseball, etc.

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