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The CFL stubbornly has insisted on two-year contracts with no chance to go to
the NFL after the first season. The North-of-the-Border league finally has
softened its stance. A little.
According to Dave Naylor of TSN Carey
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window,” allowing certain players to work out for NFL teams and sign contracts
that would become effective at the end of a given CFL season. Earlier this year,
CFL teams voted against the change.
The provision applies only to players entering the final year of their
contracts — and it applies only to contracts signed after August 20, 2018.
This means that it won’t affect Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny
Manziel, who signed a firm two-year deal earlier this year. And it won’t be
relevant to any player who signs after August 20 Radim
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But it’s an indication of a potential thawing of the Canadian league’s
stubborn insistence on two-year deals without exception, and it could
potentially, eventually lead to one-year contracts or perhaps a clear NFL out
clause after one of two seasons.
If it ever happens, it won’t be due to the CFL suddenly choosing to be
charitable; with a pair of spring leagues coming Shayne
Gostisbehere Jersey , non-NFL players soon will have other options.
And since those other leagues likely will make it easier to go to the NFL if the
NFL is interested, the CFL may have no choice but to do the same.
The Cardinals brought in Brice Butler, Christian Kirk and Greg Little this
offseason as they look for a No. 2 receiver to go with Larry Fitzgerald.
Those new faces join holdovers Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson in the mix for
the job and Nelson is hoping that the shuffling of the group gives him a chance
to show off more facets to his game. Nelson has been known as a deep threat
since joining Arizona as a 2015 fifth-round pick, but he’d like to change that
perception in 2018.
“Coming in and being labeled a deep-ball guy,” Nelson said Chris
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the total package together and I feel like with this offense, it can help me
with that for sure.”
Nelson has never caught more than 34 passes of played half the offensive
snaps in any of his three seasons, but the presence of a new coaching staff and
the absence of a sure thing behind Fitzgerald offers a real opportunity to
change those things. That opportunity is a new one for the other receivers as
well, which should make the receiver competition one of the most closely watched
parts of Cardinals camp this summer.