2019 Free Agency fa19 Games Insight and Analysis

Canadian Content: Ranking the national free agents

Canadian Content: Ranking the national free agents

TORONTO — As January involves an in depth, time is operating out for CFL groups to lock up their pending free brokers.

Whereas most of CFL.ca’s prime 30 free brokers stay out there, together with three highly-touted quarterbacks, the most important targets on Feb. 12 might maintain of their possession a Canadian passport.

Canadian expertise is the lifeblood of success within the CFL, the place a robust nationwide expertise base creates flexibility throughout the roster. In fact, hiring prime Canadian expertise on the open market gained’t come with no value.

“It’s a lot simpler to retain your personal free brokers, notably the Canadians, the place signing your personal free brokers is far more cost-effective than having to exit and usher in Canadian starters,” stated Winnipeg Blue Bombers common supervisor Kyle Walters. “That’s actually robust in your wage cap if that’s the best way you’re going to go.”

In what’s develop into probably the most highly-anticipated free agent class the CFL has ever seen, there might be loads of prized Canadians to select from. CFL.ca checks in on the highest 15.


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1. KWAKU BOATENG

DL | EDM

Forty gamers have been picked forward of Kwaku Boateng on the 2017 CFL Draft. Two yr later, Boateng has grow to be one of many league’s true ratio-breakers, rising as an elite pure move rusher at a place often occupied by an American. At simply 23 years previous, Boateng is simply getting began.

2. SUKH CHUNGH

OL | WPG

With Matthias Goossen retired, Sukh Chungh turns into one of many prime prizes in free company. The previous second general decide turns simply 27 in March and is within the prime of his profession, serving to anchor one of many CFL’s prime O-lines in 2018. Chungh is considered one of the aggressive and bodily guards within the league.

Three. TAYLOR LOFFLER

DB | WPG

With two of the highest three nationals popping out of Winnipeg, Kyle Walters nonetheless has some work to do within the coming weeks. Virtually all the beginning safeties within the CFL are pending free company, however 26-year-old Taylor Loffler is on the prime of his place. He has 185 tackles, eight interceptions and 7 pressured fumbles in three seasons.

four. JASON LAUZON-SEGUIN

OL | OTT

The seventh general decide in 2016, Jason Lauzon-Seguin was a direct contributor on the REDBLACKS’ offensive line, beginning 41 video games in his first three seasons within the league. With the power to play guard and deal with, the 28-year-old might be seen as a possible beginning proper deal with by groups on the open market.

5. CHRIS ACKIE

LB | OTT

Acquired on the commerce deadline for a second spherical decide, Chris Ackie ought to be a prime precedence for REDBLACKS basic supervisor Marcel Desjardins heading into Feb. 12. In any other case Ackie can be fielding loads of telephone calls after breaking out with a career-high 88 tackles final season. The measurables are by way of the roof on the previous fourth general decide.

6. MIKE FILER

OL | HAM

On an O-line that noticed loads of modifications all through 2018, Mike Filer was the anchor, beginning 17 video games and serving to the Ticats rank first within the CFL in complete offence. With 79 begins over seven skilled seasons, Filer has quietly develop into one of many extra dependable centres within the league, and he’s nonetheless beneath 30.

7. TUNDE ADELEKE

DB | CGY

A dynamic returner and succesful defender, Tunde Adeleke constructed on a robust rookie season with 11 begins in 2018. The Stamps have checked out Adeleke at numerous positions, from security to SAM linebacker, along with particular groups. Nonetheless simply 23 years previous, it’s not typically a highly-touted prospect like Adeleke hits the open market.

eight. LIRIM HAJRULLAHU

Okay | HAM

After 5 seasons within the league and an 82.eight per cent success fee on area objectives, you recognize what you’re getting with 28-year-old Lirim Hajrullahu. The Ticats’ kicker is the one confirmed one available on the market and will garner some curiosity, particularly understanding the worth of getting a nationwide on the place.

9. HUNTER STEWARD

OL | BC

Although predominantly a guard, former sixth general decide Hunter Steward has additionally performed deal with in his profession, providing versatility to any potential purchaser. The 27-year-old began 14 video games final season for the Lions, giving him a complete of 49 over his five-year profession. At 6-foot-6, Steward can add some measurement and expertise to any O-line.

10. MIKE JONES

REC | HAM

Regardless of some premature drops, Mike Jones performed an enormous half within the Ticats’ league-leading offence in 2018, tallying 841 receiving yards, three touchdowns and a shocking 17.2 yards per catch. A real vertical menace with the confirmed versatility to maneuver round in June Jones’ offence, the 26-year-old has an opportunity to do massive issues in 2019.

11. BRANDON BRIDGE

QB | SSK

As a result of quarterbacks don’t influence the ratio, Brandon Bridge doesn’t supply the worth like others on this listing. Nonetheless, Bridge is the closest Canadian quarterback to turning into a starter in current reminiscence, making him one of the crucial intriguing names in free company. The 26-year-old will attempt to take one other step in 2019.

12. JUNIOR TURNER

DL | CGY

After totaling simply 13 video games in 2016 and 2017, Junior Turner had a pleasant bounce again season, enjoying all 18 video games whereas compiling 4 sacks and 21 tackles. The Stamps deploy a heavy rotation in the midst of their D-line however the 30-year-old Toronto native can be a starter on most groups.

13. JUWAN BRESCACIN

REC | CGY

Regardless of having only one begin subsequent to his identify in three seasons, Juwan Brescacin is seen by many as one of many prime up-and-coming Canadian pass-catchers. The bodily 6-foot-Three, 222-pound receiver noticed his position develop in 2018, totaling 567 yards and a career-best 16.2 common, hauling in his first three touchdowns.

14. TYLER HOLMES

OL | TOR

Tyler Holmes hasn’t missed a contest since arriving with the Argos late in 2013, beginning 93 video games in six seasons at left guard. Sturdiness is among the most essential issues for an offensive lineman, as chemistry and continuity up entrance often correlate with success. Regardless of turning 31 in July, Holmes can be wanted ought to he turn out to be a free agent.

14. NIC DEMSKI

REC | WPG

A operating again earlier than going professional, Nic Demski’s versatility made him an ideal match for Paul LaPolice and the Blue Bombers in 2018. Demski had his greatest CFL season after signing with Winnipeg, racking up 554 yards by way of the air and one other 248 on the bottom. Nonetheless simply 25, the previous first spherical decide can be coveted on the open market.

THE REST

Whereas the highest 15 pending Canadian free brokers are all doubtless starters in 2019, the potential for contributors goes properly past that. The depth of this yr’s group continues to face out, particularly amongst receivers, offensive linemen and defensive backs.

Let’s take a look at the remaining nationals scheduled to turn out to be free brokers by place:

RECEIVER

Shaq Johnson (BC)

Lemar Durant (CGY)

Nate Behar (EDM)

George Johnson (MTL)

Josh Stanford (MTL)

Devon Bailey (SSK)

Felix Faubert-Lussier (HAM)

Rob Bagg (SSK)

Anthony Parker (BC)

Shamawd Chambers (HAM)

Cory Watson (BC)

Sam Giguere (EDM)

Brian Jones (SSK)

Stephen Adekolu (MTL)

RUNNING BACK, FULLBACK

Mercer Timmis (HAM)

Kienan LaFrance (WPG)

Pascal Lochard (EDM)

Wayne Moore (BC)

Calvin McCarty (EDM)

Martin Bedard (MTL)

Alexandre Dupuis (EDM)

Christophe Normand (EDM)

Simon Gingras-Gagnon (TOR)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Justin Sorensen (EDM)

Spencer Wilson (CGY)

Cody Husband (BC)

Josiah St. John (SSK)

Philippe Gagnon (MTL)

Jon Gott (OTT)

Luc Brodeur-Jourdain (MTL)

Chris Greaves (BC)

Landon Rice (HAM)

Jamal Campbell (TOR)

J’Michael Deane (TOR)

Quinn Smith (CGY)

Dillon Man (MTL)

DJ Sackey (TOR)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Ese Mrabure (CGY)

Eddie Steele (SSK)

Justin Vaughn (HAM)

Jesse Joseph (MTL)

Makana Henry (SSK)

Trent Corney (WPG)

Michael Klassen (OTT)

Arnaud Gascon-Nadon (EDM)

Daryl Waud (OTT)

Don Oramaisonwu (OTT)

Jeffrey Finley (TOR)

Andrew Marshall (OTT)

Cameron Walker (TOR)

Maxx Forde (BC)

Jean-Samuel Blanc (MTL)

LINEBACKERS

Sam Hurl (SSK)

Bo Lokombo (BC)

Nicolas Boulay (MTL)

Frederic Plesius (WPG)

Blair Smith (EDM)

Kevin Francis (SSK)

Terrell Davis (HAM)

Mitchell Barnett (BC)

Frank Renaud (WPG)

Ron Omara (BC)

DJ Lalama (MTL)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Mike Edem (SSK)

Jermaine Gabriel (TOR)

Anthony Thompson (BC)

Courtney Stephen (HAM)

Marc-Olivier Brouillette (SSK)

Jeff Hecht (WPG)

Josh Woodman (EDM)

Andrew Lue (OTT)

Dan West (OTT)

Brendan Morgan (WPG)

Adam Thibault (CGY)

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