It has begun. The purge of CFL talent taking NFL opportunities has started as the window opens to start the New Year for NFL teams to sign players to a futures contract.
The Riders lost linebacker Sam Eguavoen.
The Stampeders lost receiver Marken Michel and defensive lineman James Vaughters.
The Eskimos released defensive lineman Jake Ceresna so he to could pursue the CFL.
And that was just as of 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon on day one. We do know there is interest in Bo Levi Mitchell, Duke Williams, Alex Singleton as well as Riders receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert and jack of all trades on defence, Tobi Antigha.
As much as some of these players leaving stings, it is a healthy sign the CFL is still the place to come for players trying to get back to their NFL dream.
The competition is stiff with the AAF and XFL starting up but players wanting another shot at the NFL need to show on the field they can get it done.
The more players use the pipeline to the NFL from Canada the better to help sell the league to other talented players to consider the CFL over these new pop-up leagues.