It’s still funny how many CFL players sign contracts within hours of becoming free agents.
When Ed Hervey was Edmonton’s general manager, he announced a signing mere minutes after free agency started. Nobody was shocked. Hervey insisted everybody did it that way. Still, the CFL fined the Eskimos and told teams to make it look like they hadn’t been negotiating before the deadline.
Does anyone really think Zack Evans, Nic Demski, Chandler Fenner or Joel Figueroa hadn’t heard from their prospective new teams before 11 a.m. on Tuesday? That’s officially when CFL players can start talking with other teams. C’mon. Realistically it takes much longer than a few hours to agree upon a new contract. So the handiwork that led to the early spate of signings was certainly initiated long before free agency started.
The NBA has a six-day moratorium that allows teams to negotiate with potential free agents. The NFL has a three-day tampering period for the same purpose. The CFL needs a similar window.