Here is your first look at some of the top players in the 2021 CFL Draft Class! cfl.ca/2020/10/08/jac…
Congratulations to the 2020 Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees! twitter.com/CFL/status/128…

RT @CFL: Wishing everyone a #HappyCanadaDay from all of us at the #CFL https://t.co/tSajTcOPI6

Help choose the CFL's first ever #AllDecade Team, presented by #LeoVegas! Click here for a full list of nominees and their stats over the last 10 years: cfl.ca/adt-nominees/ twitter.com/CFL/status/127…
The #CFL's all-time receiving yards leader, Geroy Simon, put together a streak of 188 games with at least 1 catch, the second longest in history behind Don Narcisse (216). Simon also ranks 2nd all-time with 63 games of 100+ yards, 1 game short of Allen Pitts. #CFLEncore twitter.com/CFL/status/125…
On July 27, 2007, Milt Stegall scored his 138th career touchdown, moving him past retired RBs George Reed and Mike Pringle for the all-time #CFL record. That year, Stegall recorded 1,108 rec. yards, marking his 10th 1,000-yard season - one short of Terry Vaughn's all-time record. twitter.com/CFL/status/125…

The Alouettes overcame a 16-point deficit in the 2009 Grey Cup, marking the third largest comeback in #GreyCup history overall and the largest ever in the 4th quarter. Montreal trailed 27-11 with 7:05 remaining before scoring 17 unanswered points for a 28-27 victory. #CFLEncore

In 2009, led by RB Wes Cates and dual-threat QB Darian Durant, the Riders rushed for 191 yards on 22 carries for an average of 8.7 yards, second in #GreyCup history. Hamilton holds the all-time record with 8.9 yards per attempt (24 carries, 213 yards) in 1985 vs. BC #CFLEncore twitter.com/CFL/status/125…
Only 4 offensive linemen taken in picks 1-20, plus Wilfrid Laurier continues to be a hot spot for defensive linemen. Some trends of note from tonight: cfl.ca/2020/04/30/bey…

OL Mattland Riley becomes the first Saskatchewan player selected by the Riders in Round 1 since 2012, when they choose OL Ben Heenan 1st overall. Heenan spent 3 seasons with the Riders, winning a Grey Cup in 2013. #CFLDraft #CFL

The last quarterback selected as high as Nathan Rourke was Jesse Palmer, who also went 15th overall in 2001. twitter.com/CFL/status/125…

Offensive lineman Theren Churchill, selected 9th overall by Toronto, is the first Regina player selected in Round 1 since OL Brendon LaBatte went sixth overall to Winnipeg in 2008. #CFLDraft #CFL

DB Adam Auclair, selected 6th overall by Ottawa, became the 11th player from Laval to be drafted in the first round since 2005. Auclair’s selection is the highest for a defensive back since Chris Ackie went 4th overall in 2015. #CFLDraft

Virginia’s Dejon Brissett is the 7th receiver the Argos have drafted in the first round, joining Brian Jones, J.F. Tremblay, Matt Duboc, Jock Climie, Paul Fedor, and Ted Smale. #CFLDraft

East Carolina’s Jordan Williams (selected by BC) is the first LB to go first overall since Henoc Muamba in 2011. It’s the fifth time in #CFLDraft history that a linebacker has gone No. 1. #CFL

Pierre Lavertu (2014) was the latest 1st overall pick by Calgary. Others include Miguel Robede ('05), Steven Morley ('03), Bruce Covernton ('92), Kent Warnock ('86), Jerry Dobrovolny ('83), Frank Kosec ('81), Dave Kirzinger ('78), Wayne Holm ('70) and Harvey Scott ('62) #CFLDraft twitter.com/CFL/status/125…

In 2001, Toronto selected LB Kevin Eiben in the 4th round, 26th overall. A 5-time East Division All-Star and 3-time CFL All-Star, Eiben quickly became one of the #CFLDraft’s biggest steals, finishing his career with 722 defensive tackles – 9th on the all-time list. https://t.co/3RYyZd0uKe

It’s #CFLDraft Week! Did you know that Lui Passaglia and Bob Cameron, the #CFL’s all-time leaders in games played, were both first round picks? Passaglia was drafted 5th overall in 1976 and played 408 games, while Cameron was picked 6th overall in 1977 and played 394 games. https://t.co/IyOZEKFAVJ

Darian Durant's 481 passing yards were the second highest single game total of his career. Durant would go on to lead the CFL in passing in 2010 with 5,542 yards, including a 500-yard performance on Sept. 17 vs. Calgary #CFLEncore twitter.com/CFLFootballOps…

The Riders and Alouettes combined for 105 points on July 1, 2010, marking the third highest scoring game in #CFL history. Toronto and BC combined for a record high 111 points on Sept. 1, 1990, in a 68-43 Argonauts victory. #CFLEncore

January 27, 2020

Negotiating window a new feature of 2020 free agency

Free agency will take on a new look in 2020, with the introduction of a week-long negotiation window that begins on Feb. 2.

Free agency officially kicks off on Feb. 11 at noon ET. This year, the ball gets rolling a little earlier than that.

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, a free agency window has been created that will allow pending free agents and teams across the league to communicate prior to the market’s official opening. The window is open for one week, from Feb. 2 at noon ET to Feb. 9 at noon ET.

CFL GMs have discussed and considered the window as an option for a number of years. Its creation is an attempt at curtailing tampering and promoting roster continuity. The NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB all have variations of a free agency window.

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GMs across the league will have a chance to speak with pending free agents before the market opens (Dave Chidley/CFL.ca)

In the window, teams can make formal offers to a pending free agent. Those offers — complete with base salary amount along with any incentives being offered — have to be registered with the league office and the CFL Players Association. Offers submitted are considered binding and can’t be rescinded.

When the window closes, teams will enter an exclusive 48-hour negotiating period with their pending free agents. At the start of that 48-hour period, the league will provide all teams with any of the registered offers their pending free agents received. Teams will have until Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. ET to make an offer to their pending free agents. They’ll have to provide a copy of the offer to the CFL and the CFLPA.

At the end of that 48-hour period, the player will have from 10 a.m. to noon ET on Feb 11 to select any offer made to him from any club. If he chooses one of these offers, the chosen team has to notify the CFL, who will then notify the other eight teams in the league. Conversely, if the player doesn’t accept any of these offers, he’ll enter free agency with any prior offers made from any team withdrawn and no longer available for acceptance.

Once the player enters free agency, the process would unfold as it has in years past. Team offers received in free agency don’t have to be registered with the league or the CFLPA.

To run through a hypothetical, let’s look at Roughriders DB Ed Gainey.

When the window opens on Feb. 2, Gainey will be free to speak with any team in the league about a contract. He and his agent can go back and forth with multiple teams on contract length, salary, incentives, etc. Teams can make a formal offer to him, all of which would have to be registered with the league and the CFLPA.

At the end of the week, he’d have a 48-hour period with the Riders to negotiate. In that time, Saskatchewan would have access to any and all offers made to him by other teams.

After that 48-hour window with the Riders closed, Gainey would have between 10 a.m. and Noon ET on Feb. 11 to make a decision on the offers presented to him. That is the only time in the entire free agency window that a player can accept a team’s offer.

If Gainey didn’t like any of the offers he’d received, he could pass on them and enter into free agency at 12:01 p.m. ET.

Once in free agency, all prior offers are rescinded and he can go back to negotiating with any of the nine teams in the league again and the traditional process would unfold. Offers he’d receive at this point would not have to be registered with the league or the CFLPA. The team he signs with would inform the league and an announcement would be made, the same way it’s worked in previous years of free agency.

November 7, 2019

Two players fined after Week 21 action

The CFL announced that two players have been fined after Week 21 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines on Thursday after Week 21 action.

Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Dyshawn Davis was fined for a high hit on Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Tyquwan Glass.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Jordan Moore was fined for an inappropriate gesture following the conclusion of play #103 against the Toronto Argonauts.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

October 31, 2019

Levels, Hightower fined after Week 20 action

The CFL announced two fines from Week 20 and an additional fine from Week 19 on Thursday.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines after Week 20 action on Thursday.

Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Forrest Hightower was fined for a high hit on Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Naaman Roosevelt.

Montreal Alouettes defensive back Patrick Levels was fined for punching Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl.

The CFL also announced an additional fine from Week 19 action:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat was fined for fined for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

October 18, 2019

Football Operations Video Series – Illegal Forward Pass

Senior Director of Officiating, Darren Hackwood reviews the illegal forward pass penalty and how officials rule whether or not a quarterback is across the line of scrimmage when they throw the ball.
October 9, 2019

Two players fined after Week 17 action

The CFL announced two fines after Week 17 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines after Week 17 action on Wednesday.

Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Eugene Lewis was fined for a blindside block on Calgary Stampeders defensive back DaShaun Amos.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Dylan Wynn was fined for a blindside block on Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Tevaun Smith.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

October 2, 2019

Esks’ James Tuck fined after Week 16 action

Edmonton Eskimos fullback James Tuck was fined after Week 16 action, it was announced on Wednesday.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League announced one fine after Week 16 action on Wednesday.

Edmonton Eskimos fullback James Tuck was fined for a high hit on Ottawa REDBLACKS wide receiver R.J. Harris.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fine was not disclosed.

September 25, 2019

Simoni Lawrence handed max fine following hit on Kilgore

The CFL announced one fine following Week 15 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced one fine following Week 15 action on Wednesday.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence was handed a maximum fine for his hit to the head and neck of Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Logan Kilgore on play #54.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fine was not disclosed.

September 18, 2019

Two players fined after Week 14 action

The CFL announced two fines after Week 14 action along with two additional fines from Week 13 on Wednesday.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines after Week 14 action on Wednesday.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence was fined for unnecessary roughness at the end of a play on Calgary Stampeders running back Ka’Deem Carey.

Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Justin Lawrence was fined for an illegal block on Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Dylan Wynn.

The CFL also announced additional fines from Week 13:

Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Alexandre Gagne was fined for an illegal block on Winnipeg Blue Bombers fullback John Rush.

Calgary Stampeders linebacker Nate Holley was fined for a high hit on Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Greg Ellingson.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed

September 11, 2019

Two players fined after Week 13 action

The CFL announced two fines following Week 13 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines from Week 13 action on Wednesday.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Micah Johnson was fined for a high hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback, Chris Streveler.

Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Monshadrik Hunter was fined for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders receiver Colton Hunchak.

The CFL also announced an additional fine from Week 12:

Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Blair Smith was fined for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders running back Terry Williams.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed

August 29, 2019

Football Operations Video Series – Short Kickoffs

Senior Director of Officiating, Darren Hackwood provides insight into the coverage and adjudication of short kickoffs.
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