Brandon Bridge, Kacey Rodgers and Nic Demski have jumped on the NFL treadmill.
Wish them luck. Players have for decades been trying to parlay their CFL careers into NFL contracts. Some, like Cameron Wake and Jerrell Freeman and Brett Jones, successfully ventured southward. So many others have had tryout after tryout after tryout until they get offered a minimal salary and minuscule signing bonus. Or nothing at all.
Of course, it’s worth the effort for Bridge and his Roughrider teammates, pursuing a chance to play in the big-time, big-money NFL. It can also be discouraging.
Contract offers are based primarily on those workouts. How fast did they run? How high did they jump? How good did they look in man-to-man drills?
There are no scouts or general managers vouching for them because the CFL fugitives are undrafted free agents.
When an NFL team has to shrink its roster, usually the newly-signed CFLers are the first to go. The good news is this: If the NFL doesn’t want them, the CFL welcomes them back.