CFL opens door, partially, for players to sign with NFL teams

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The CFL stubbornly has insisted on two-year contracts with no chance to go to the NFL after the first season. The North-of-the-Border league finally has softened its stance. A little.

According to Dave Naylor of TSN, CFL teams have voted to reinstate the so-called “NFL window,” allowing certain players to work out for NFL teams and sign contracts that would become effective at the end of a given CFL season. Earlier this year, CFL teams voted against the change.

The provision applies only to players entering the final year of their contracts — and it applies only to contracts signed after August 20, 2018.

This means that it won’t affect Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel, who signed a firm two-year deal earlier this year. And it won’t be relevant to any player who signs after August 20, 2018 until 2019, at the earliest.

But it’s an indication of a potential thawing of the Canadian league’s stubborn insistence on two-year deals without exception, and it could potentially, eventually lead to one-year contracts or perhaps a clear NFL out clause after one of two seasons.

If it ever happens, it won’t be due to the CFL suddenly choosing to be charitable; with a pair of spring leagues coming, non-NFL players soon will have other options. And since those other leagues likely will make it easier to go to the NFL if the NFL is interested, the CFL may have no choice but to do the same.

10 responses to “CFL opens door, partially, for players to sign with NFL teams

  1. Great league north of the border. Most negative comments you will hear come from Toronto, that ironically, will never receive an NFL franchise due to it’s incredible lack of support of football at any level.

  2. Smart move. If Manziel plays and succeeds, which I believe he will at some point, other players needing to re-establish themselves for one year will go up there and improve the quality of play. Everyone wins.

  3. With the CFL reg season starting June 14 this year. I see no reason for an AFL/XFL player also not jumping to the CFL after the new leagues’ seasons are over.
    Then a player can make even more $.
    I seriously hope the AAF contracts do NOT limit players from jumping to the CFL AFTER their season is over (which they will allow players to do for the NFL).
    By allowing players to play n both leagues it may encourage more players to not hang up their cleats for a reg job, as they could make pretty good money playing 2-4 years in both leagues before moving on to either NFL or non-football.

  4. Is the CFL even going to be in competition with the AAF or XFL? They aren’t really in competition with theNFL.

  5. The AAF will be a development league for the NFL so they are not in competition with them. They will be in competition with the CFL for players who may opt with them to get a faster chance at the NFL.

    For the XFL I see it ending just like the first go around.

  6. Things the CFL need to do, to grow and fend of weak spring leagues:

    1. Add teams in USA (St. Louis, San Diego, Oakland, Portland,San Antonio)
    2. Go from 3 downs to 4 downs, it’s football
    3. Same field dimensions as NFL & NCAA
    4. Let NFL players sign to NFL teams
    5. More collaboration with the NFL and NCAA
    6. ADVERTISE!!!!
    7. International Games in Europe
    8. Sign washed up big name NFL players, name recognition is huge.
    9. Higher pay for players
    10. NFL Rookie Game vs CFL All Stars

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