The CFL has what they call a Negotiation List in which each team releases names of players currently not in the league that they would like to sign. On Thursday the Canadian league released their teams’ list, which had quite a few XFL players on it.
The players on the list are international players that have not had their contractual rights claimed by another CFL team. The league does have a draft, but it’s primarily for Canadian players.
Each team has released 10 players they wish to claim the rights to, should they decide to play in the CFL. Some are currently in college, some are on NFL teams, either on active lists, or practice squads. Some aren’t playing at all.
This list has many XFL players on it, and some that could be targeted by the league once the next season commences (we do not know for sure when that will be).
PJ Walker, Jordan Ta’amu, Jacques Patrick, Deatrick Nichols, and DeAndre Thompkins are among XFL stars that were named. Josh Rosen, Shea Patterson, Bryce Perkins, and Anthony Gordon are some of the QBs I listed that would be great targets for the XFL, and apparently, the CFL agrees.
The league minimum for American players in the CFL is $65,000, Canadian. Which at the time of press is about $48,000 in American dollars. Less than the projected XFL minimum of $55,000.
This is more proof of the power of the XFL. Not only are there now 20 players in the NFL at the moment, but others that aren’t, but played in our league are getting attention from other major professional football leagues.
It is unlikely one would choose to play in the CFL, although these are minimums, and not reflective of what the player could stand to make. That said, anything can happen, and players have the right to negotiate with anyone they choose.
Although no player is allowed to negotiate a contract with the CFL until their current deal has ended, if players like Walker wanted to play there, they would have to wait until the beginning of the next NFL league year.
Below is the 2020 CFL Negotiation List:
|Zerrick Cooper||QB||Jacksonville State|
|Ben DiNucci||QB||James Madison|
|Gage Gubrud||QB||Washington St.|
|Bryce Sterk||DL||Montana State|
|Kevin Thomson||QB||Sacramento St.|
|EDMONTON FOOTBALL TEAM|
|Tommy Champion||OL||Mississippi St.|
|Case Cookus||QB||Northern Arizona|
|Dalyn Dawkins||RB||Colorado St.|
|Brandon Polk||WR||James Madison|
|Shane Zylstra||WR||Minnesota State|
|Tyler Jones||OL||North Carolina St.|
|Tommylee Lewis||WR||Northern Illinois|
|Tre McBride||WR||William & Mary|
|Robert McCray III||DE||Indiana|
|Trace McSorley||QB||Penn St.|
|Justin Phillips||DE||Oklahoma St.|
|Orlando “Duke” Thomas||DB||Texas|
|DeAndre Thompkins||WR||Penn St.|
|Jack Abraham||QB||Southern Mississippi|
|Luke Falk||QB||Washington St.|
|DeMarquis Gates||LB||Ole Miss|
|Nigel Harris||LB||South Florida|
|Anthony Lanier||DL||Alabama A&M|
|Garrett Marino||DL||Alabama at Birmingham|
|J.J. Nelson||WR||Alabama at Birmingham|
|WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS|
|Ian Book||QB||Notre Dame|
|John Daka||DE||James Madison|
|Blake Jackson||WR/QB||Mary Hardin-Baylor|
|Wyatt Miller||OL||Central Florida|
|Deatrick Nichols||DB||South Florida|
|Brock Purdy||QB||Iowa St.|
|Tre’ Crawford||DL||Alabama at Birmingham|
|Anthony Gordon||QB||Washington St.|
|Sam Hartman||QB||Wake Forest|
|Jalen Morton||QB||Prairie View A&M|
|Jordan Ta’amu||QB||Ole Miss|
|Zac Thomas||QB||Appalachian State|
|Connor Cook||QB||Michigan St.|
|Treston Decoud||DB||Oregon St.|
|Jordan Fehr||LB||Appalachian St.|
|Nick Holley||QB/WR||Kent St.|
|Tarvarus McFadden||DB||Florida St.|
|Jayden Daniels||QB||Arizona St.|
|Hendon Hooker||QB||Virginia Tech|
|Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|Asher O’Hara||QB||Middle Tennessee St.|
|Ty Storey||QB||Western Kentucky|
|Keion Adams||DL||Western Michigan|
|Jamal Davis II||DL||Akron|
|Jacques Patrick||RB||Florida State|
|Teo Redding||WR||Bowling Green|
|Rogan Wells||QB||Valdosta St.|
|Justin Zimmer||DL||Ferris St.|