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Desjardins Ready to Put His Stamp on REDBLACKS

CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO – On Monday, December 16th the Ottawa REDBLACKS will make the most crucial roster decisions in their brief history as general manager Marcel Desjardins and his staff attempt to compile a list of players that will transition from existing CFL clubs to Ottawa for 2014.

But there are a lot of questions surrounding the Expansion Draft: How many players can be picked? Can there be trades? How many imports/non-imports?  What about free agents?

CFL.ca breaks down every major facet of the upcoming Draft as we near the December 16th selection period.

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Expansion Draft Milestones and Key Dates:
November 25 – Ottawa REDBLACKS are granted permission to begin signing free agents not currently under CFL contracts
December 9 – Protection List submission
December 16 – 2013 Ottawa REDBLACKS Expansion Draft

Round by Round Overview:
Round 1: Ottawa selects 8 import players (one from each team)
Round 2: Ottawa selects 8 non-import players (one from each team)
Round 3: Ottawa selects 8 more non-import players (one from each team)

On December 9 at 1:00pm all 8 member clubs must submit a list of protected players to the Canadian Football League office that contains 10 import players, 1 quarterback and 6 non-import players.

CFL clubs will submit a second list of additional non-import players for protection prior to the third round of the draft.

Teams will protect 1 quarterback ahead of Round 1.  If they lose a quarterback to Ottawa, they can then protect an additional 2 non-imports in Round 2.  A team cannot lose both a quarterback and a kicker in the Expansion Draft.

Teams can protect import kickers in Round 1 or non-import kickers in Round 2.  If they lose a non-import kicker/punter to Ottawa, they can then protect an additional 2 non-imports in Round 2 or 3. A team that loses an import kicker can protect an additional non-import as well. A team cannot lose both a quarterback and a kicker in the Expansion Draft.

Ottawa is able to trade with other teams during the expansion draft and any time before that.  All of the other 8 member CFL clubs cannot trade with each other as of December 9th.

Releasing and Signing Players:
As teams were eliminated from the 2013 CFL playoffs, they were not allowed to release any active roster players.  Non-CFL free agent players can be signed at any time before the draft but can be eligible to be selected in the Expansion Draft if unprotected. Between December 9-16, teams cannot make any trades unless they are directly with Ottawa, release any players, but they can re-sign their own players, and can also sign non-CFL free agents who would be automatically added to the team's unprotected list.

Free Agents and Transferring of Contracts:
If Ottawa selects a player that is a pending CFL free agent, they will retain negotiating rights to that player until February 15, 2014.  Once players are selected by Ottawa, the REDBLACKS assume their current contracts including salary, length and pending free agency.

Fan Comments
Interesting rules about the kickers and Ottawa's ability to trade during the draft.
December 12, 2013 - 9:54am
als rule
the trading part that the RBs have the ability to trade thru-out the draft!! real real interesting aspect of the draft!!
December 12, 2013 - 10:32am
Get Callaros, that's a sure bet. Good QB, better than Mitchell or DeMarco.

They both showed promise but I don't think they can get it done. Especially with what talent each QB had around them.

Its fine to run, but you need the arm in the end.
December 11, 2013 - 11:21pm
als rule
mitchell better than collaros!!
December 12, 2013 - 10:58am
als rule
excellent news that the draft is on CFL.CA!!
December 11, 2013 - 5:35pm
5 more sleeps until we see what chaos the 'Ottawa Sawblades' will inflict on this league. Aw, no hard feelings Marcel,I'm a lifelong lover of the league and so very glad to see the health of the CFL reflected in the return of an Ottawa franchise.
December 11, 2013 - 1:59pm
I'm confused about protecting kickers. I had read somewhere else that each team could only protect 1 kicker, not both the K and P. This article doesn't mention a limit.

As a Stamps fan, I would protect both Paredes & Maver (hoping Glenn gets picked in round 1 to allow 4 additional N-IMP players to be protected in rounds 2 & 3), yet the mock list only protects Paredes.
December 11, 2013 - 12:15pm
als rule
I thought you could protect as many K/P you wanted BUT could only lose 1 QB or 1 K/P not one of each!!
December 11, 2013 - 6:08pm
als rule
this article would have been more helpful to us fans right after the GC!! as it would have been our re-fresh before our comments on the draft!!
December 10, 2013 - 10:42pm
Will the CFL publish the lists that were submitted Dec 9...NOW before the Dec 16 draft date?????
December 10, 2013 - 4:49pm
It has ALWAYS been stated that the protected lists are to remain confidential - and for good reason!
December 10, 2013 - 5:55pm
It is the right decision not to publish the list until the start of the draft. As fans we would like to know who is on the list but business wise the lists must be private. We surely can wait until next Monday and we can discuss what the various reporters think the lists look like.
The reporters are probably close in their selections since they know the teams very well.
December 10, 2013 - 7:06pm
small town argo
Please take Collaros so the Boatman can protect an additional two non-imports.
December 10, 2013 - 11:13am
Argos should not protect Ray but Collaros. RedBlacks will not draft Ray as he is too expensive and perhaps a little bit too fragile from all the hits he would take with an expansion team.
December 10, 2013 - 4:26pm
lets just hope they take bo levi or tate or willy because collaros is a free agent. lol that would be perfect.
December 10, 2013 - 6:06pm
small town argo
Not protecting a 33 year old future Hall of Fame QB who is playing at his highest level of Football, would be the biggest mistake ever. Collaro's played really well, but he is far from a sure thing.
December 10, 2013 - 10:37pm