2019 Free Agency fa19 Games Insight and Analysis

CFL.ca’s top 30 pending free agents

CFL.ca's top 30 pending free agents

TORONTO — Free company is all the time a highly-anticipated date on the CFL low season calendar. This yr may take issues to new heights.

Greater than 240 gamers stay pending free brokers, establishing what could possibly be a frantic day of motion on Feb. 12. A few of these gamers will signal over the subsequent few weeks, however it’s by no means too early to launch our annual record of the highest 30 pending free brokers.

The rating was decided by a panel of CFL.ca employees and analysts, considering age, manufacturing, nationwide standing and place shortage. It assumes gamers are testing free company and doesn’t keep in mind NFL potential, the potential of retirement or the chances of signing a contract extension.

Lastly, observe that the gamers listed below are solely these whose contract will expire on Feb. 12, not those that have been launched.

With out additional delay, listed here are CFL.ca’s prime 30 pending free brokers:

*Signifies nationwide standing.

Bounce: 30-21 | 20-11 | 10–1

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THE LOW DOWN

Whereas Shawn Lemon has had loads of stops in his eight-year profession, one factor he’s finished persistently is get to the quarterback. The 30-year-old went off after being traded to BC, recording 10 sacks in 13 video games. With 61 sacks in 93 profession video games, Lemon really is among the league’s elite cross rushers.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 30
TEAM – 5
POS — 5
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
TKL – 21
SACKS – 11

Photograph: Dave Chidley/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

If not for his persistent knee points, Eric Rogers may need landed a top-five spot on this listing. The 27-year-old can influence a recreation as a lot as some other non-quarterback, as displayed within the Western Ultimate when he scored three touchdowns. As an alternative, in accordance with numerous reviews, Rogers is contemplating retirement this low season.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 29
TEAM – four
POS — eight
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 9
REC – 36
REC YDS – 499

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Had he not sat two late-season video games, William Powell in all probability would have gained the CFL’s dashing title in 2018. Worldwide operating backs of their 30s aren’t typically coveted, however Powell is an exception. His 5.7 profession dashing common — along with his potential to impression the passing recreation — doesn’t come round so often.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 28
TEAM – 6
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 16
RUSH YDS – 1,362
TD – 6

Photograph: The Canadian Press

THE LOW DOWN

Whereas Micah Awe has but to place up an enormous season statistically, the Lions’ linebacker has the potential for giant issues down the street. The 25-year-old returned from the NFL to hitch the Lions mid-season and can get loads of consideration ought to he attain free company. Awe had 31 tackles in seven video games in 2018.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 27
TEAM – four
POS — three
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 7
TKL – 31
STT – three

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

The Eskimos’ defence struggled in 2018, however Aaron Grymes was strong as all the time, racking up 58 tackles and three interceptions in his fifth season with Edmonton. The 27-year-old has been to the NFL and again and is extensively thought-about one of many prime playmaking defensive backs round.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 26
TEAM – four
POS — 5
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
TKL – 58
INT – three

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

With a career-high 105 tackles, Larry Dean asserted himself as one of many CFL’s prime linebackers in 2018 with the Ticats. The 30-year-old added two interceptions and a landing, main first-year defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville’s defence to the Japanese Last, an eventual loss to the REDBLACKS.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 25
TEAM – four
POS — 2
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
TKL – 105
INT – 2

Photograph: The Canadian Press

THE LOW DOWN

Whereas the Larry Dean-Simoni Lawrence duo have garnered loads of consideration, 24-year-old Jovan Santos-Knox checks in because the top-ranked free agent linebacker. The Bombers’ WILL linebacker emerged as a full-time starter final season, racking up 82 tackles, six sacks and two pressured fumbles in simply his second yr professional.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 24
TEAM – four
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
TAK – 82
SACKS – 6

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Age and nationality might not play into SirVincent Rogers‘ favour, however expertise ought to win out in the long run. The REDBLACKS’ left deal with is taken into account a top-three participant at his place, one groups can’t afford to disregard because the quarterback’s blind aspect protector. Rogers ought to be in for a pleasant pay day, whether or not in Ottawa or elsewhere.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 23
TEAM – 5
POS — four
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
STARTS – 17

Photograph: Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Velocity kills, and DeVier Posey has loads of it to burn after coming back from the NFL to signal with BC in September. At 28, Posey is among the league’s quickest gamers and largest downfield threats, making him an intriguing choice ought to he turn out to be a free agent. He has 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in 24 profession video games.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 22
TEAM – three
POS — 7
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – eight
REC – 29
REC YDS – 395

Photograph: The Canadian Press

THE LOW DOWN

Extensively thought-about one of many league’s most dynamic gamers a yr in the past, issues didn’t go Duron Carter‘s means in 2018. The outspoken receiver was pressured to play out of place in Saskatchewan, launched mid-season after which barely made an influence with the Argos. Nonetheless, at simply 27 years previous, the upside and skill are unattainable to disregard.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 21
TEAM – 1
POS — 6
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 15
REC – 18
REC YDS – 230

Photograph: The Canadian Press

THE LOW DOWN

He’s not the highest quarterback available on the market, however with a handful of groups scrambling for solutions behind centre, Jonathon Jennings might quietly garner loads of curiosity as soon as free company opens. Jennings has struggled the final two seasons, however the 26-year-old is way too younger and gifted to surrender on.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 20
TEAM – 2
POS — four
2018 BY THE #’S
STARTS – 6
YDS – 1,628
TD:INT – eight:7

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

The numbers don’t inform the complete story for BJ Cunningham, who’s endured a revolving door of quarterbacks and offensive coordinators on some unproductive Alouettes offences. After a career-high 1,128 yards in 2017, Cunningham has proven flashes of being an elite receiver within the CFL.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 19
TEAM – 1
POS — 5
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 14
REC – 52
REC YDS – 631

Photograph: Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

The REDBLACKS’ extraordinary depth of Canadian offensive linemen might permit former first spherical decide Jason Lauzon-Seguin to get away come February. In that case, the 28-year-old, who can play deal with or guard, can be one of many prime offensive linemen available on the market after beginning 41 video games in three seasons.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 18
TEAM – four
POS — three
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 15
STARTS – 12

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Questioned for his sturdiness getting into the draft, nobody is doubting Taylor Loffler any longer. The 26-year-old security has made a big influence within the Bombers’ secondary, racking up 185 tackles, eight interceptions and 7 pressured fumbles in three seasons as a starter. Loffler is firmly planted on the prime of his class.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 17
TEAM – three
POS — four
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 16
TKL – 52
INT – three

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

After 4 seasons with 4 totally different groups, Don Unamba broke out in 2018, discovering an ideal match because the Ticats’ SAM linebacker. Unamba’s cowl expertise mixed together with his physicality helped him take off in Jerry Glanville’s defence, permitting the 29-year-old to showcase his expertise as an influence defender.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 16
TEAM – three
POS — three
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
TKL – 59
FF – three

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Jonathan Rose was one of many CFL’s prime defensive playmakers final season, tallying 5 interceptions, 4 pressured fumbles and a landing. He additionally added two interceptions within the post-season, together with within the 106th Gray Cup introduced by Shaw. At simply 25, the most effective is but to return for one of many league’s prime corners.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 15
TEAM – three
POS — 2
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
TKL – 45
INT – 5

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Greg Ellingson‘s dip in manufacturing could be attributed to his 11.9 yards per catch, the bottom common of his profession. Let’s name it a blip on the radar for the 30-year-old, who nonetheless matched a career-high in quantity (5.three catches per recreation) and hit the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 14
TEAM – 2
POS — four
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
REC – 91
REC YDS – 1,086

Photograph: The Canadian Press

THE LOW DOWN

Bryan Burnham has emerged as arguably one of the best possession receiver within the CFL, scoring a career-high 9 touchdowns whereas hitting the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive season. Whether or not it was Travis Lulay or Jonathon Jennings throwing him the ball, Burnham was an enormous a part of the BC Lions’ offence in 2018.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 13
TEAM – 1
POS — three
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
REC – 67
REC YDS – 1,029

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Bombers common supervisor Kyle Walters reworked one of many CFL’s worst O-lines into the most effective by taking Matthias Goossen and Sukh Chungh in back-to-back drafts. Each price close to the highest of the league at their respective positions, have a Canadian passport and are 26 years previous. Chungh, particularly, is understood for his aggressive, bodily play.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 12
TEAM – 2
POS — 2
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
STARTS – 17

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

The steal of the 2017 CFL Draft, Kwaku Boateng is proving everybody improper after two stellar seasons in Edmonton. Boateng had 9 sacks in 16 video games for the Esks final season, rising because the league’s most feared Canadian pass-rusher at age 23. He’s the human embodiment of the time period ‘ratio-breaker’.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 11
TEAM – three
POS — four
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 16
TKL – 26
SACKS – 9

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THE LOW DOWN

Regardless of lacking seven video games with a knee damage, Derel Walker‘s eight touchdowns in 2018 marked the second-highest complete of his profession, to go together with 875 yards and a career-high 17.2 yards per catch. Walker is within the dialog for greatest receiver within the CFL and can be a game-changer for any offence.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 10
TEAM – 2
POS — 2
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 11
REC – 51
REC YDS – 875

Photograph: Dave Chidley/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Loads of eyebrows have been raised when the Stamps traded Charleston Hughes, however John Hufnagel had a contingency plan. Ja’Gared Davis has quietly turn out to be probably the most dominant cross rushers within the CFL, recording seven or extra sacks in every of his three seasons, to go together with three interceptions, seven pressured fumbles and two touchdowns.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 9
TEAM – three
POS — three
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
TKL – 59
SACKS – 7

Photograph: Trevor Hagan/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

The inspiration of the Bombers’ success the previous few seasons has been the offensive line, which rests firmly on the shoulders of 26-year-old Matthias Goossen. The Bombers’ centre hasn’t missed a recreation in 4 years, whereas the previous second general decide anchors a unit that allowed simply 36 sacks final season (tied third within the CFL) and paved the best way for league-leading rusher Andrew Harris.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – eight
TEAM – 1
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
STARTS – 18

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Since turning into a full-time beginning receiver on Labour Day in 2017, Brandon Banks has caught 153 passes for two,382 yards and 18 touchdowns in 24 video games. That’s a mean of 6.four catches and 99.three yards per contest. Overlook that he’s 31 — he’s the most efficient receiver within the CFL.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 7
TEAM – 2
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 14
REC – 94
REC YDS – 1,423

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Tune in to a Ticats’ broadcast and also you in all probability gained’t see a lot of Delvin Breaux. That’s the mark of an excellent defensive again, because the Tabbies’ prime defender erases opposing prime receivers week in and week out. Breaux is sort of probably the one true ‘shutdown’ nook within the pass-happy Canadian recreation.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 6
TEAM – 1
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 14
TKL – 24
FF – 2

Photograph: Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Willie Jefferson‘s return to Regina appeared like a foregone conclusion — earlier than Chris Jones took an NFL job. Ought to Jefferson check free company, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound cross rusher can be close to or on the prime of each group’s free agent board, because the 27-year-old is probably the most dominant defensive finish within the three-down recreation.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 5
TEAM – 1
POS — 2
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
TKL – 34
SACKS – 10

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

With sack totals which have elevated each season within the league, Micah Johnson defies the defensive deal with place within the CFL. The scary half is when individuals say he’s nonetheless studying the place — years after changing from linebacker. Uncommon is the defensive participant that may impression a recreation like Micah Johnson.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – four
TEAM – 2
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
TKL – 28
SACKS – 14

Photograph: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Trevor Harris had many profession highlights in 2018, together with his first Gray Cup begin in addition to setting a playoff document with six landing passes within the Japanese Ultimate. With a 104:46 profession landing to interception ratio, the 32-year-old can be an improve at quarterback for a lot of groups within the CFL.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – three
TEAM – 1
POS — three
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 17
YDS – 5,116
TD:INT – 22:11

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

Bo Levi Mitchell added one other feather to his cap in 2018, capturing each his second MOP and second Gray Cup Championship in a dominant season for the 28-year-old. If the CFL’s all-time win proportion chief isn’t NFL-bound, Calgary will doubtless stay residence for the foreseeable future. However hey, by no means say by no means.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 2
TEAM – 1
POS — 2
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
YDS – 5,124
TD:INT – 35:14

Photograph: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

THE LOW DOWN

It’s not typically a Most Excellent Participant and Gray Cup-winning quarterback checks free company within the prime of his profession. Mike Reilly is trending in that course, simply months after topping 40 mixed touchdowns for the second consecutive season. Reilly may be probably the most overvalued free agent the CFL has ever seen.

FA RANKINGS
OVR – 1
TEAM – 1
POS — 1
2018 BY THE #’S
GP – 18
YDS – 5,562
TD:INT – 30:18

 

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