10 free agents that will be highly coveted

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Tom Canada (Brian Donough/Winnipeg Sun)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Tom Canada (Brian Donough/Winnipeg Sun)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

The feeding frenzy is underway.

With the CFL free-agent market opening last night, phones are ringing in every team office in the league.

The following are the top 10 players available to the highest bidder.

1. Matthew Sheridan, OL (Winnipeg)

A non-import guard, Sheridan is nearly as valuable as Dan Goodspeed, whom the Bombers re-signed yesterday.

Another 30-year-old veteran of the trenches, the Quebec native has played seven straight seasons in Winnipeg.

Besides being Canadian, Sheridan also brings versatility of being able to play three different positions on the line.

Estimated price: $100,000

Possible destination: Winnipeg also wants to retain his services. But like Goodspeed, Sheridan will be coveted by every team. It's a matter of who wants to make room under the $4.2 million cap.

2. Tom Canada, DE (Winnipeg)

A monster on the defensive line, Canada finished third in the CFL sack race last year with 12. Just as impressive, the 28-year-old import has 38 sacks over the last four years - an average of more than nine sacks a season.

That type of production scares opposing offensive lines and forces double-team protection - opening a hole somewhere else for the defence.

Estimated price: $120,000+

Possible destination: Montreal is rumoured to be interested. Hamilton and Calgary could also be calling.

3. Jojuan Armour, LB (Hamilton)

There are a number of teams that want this four-year CFL veteran because he has a nose for the ball - finishing fourth in the league in tackles last year.

Primarily a Will linebacker, Armour can also play MLB and be part of a four-linebacker set.

Estimated price: $120,000

Possible destination: Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal.

4. Reggie Hunt, LB (Saskatchewan)

A stud at Will linebacker in Saskatchewan for six years, Hunt is an all-star that makes any defence better in a heartbeat.

Estimated price: $100,000-$140,000

Possible destination: There's speculation of Hunt joining his brother with the B.C. Lions. However, B.C. already has all-star Otis Floyd in that LB spot. The Eskimos appear out of the running because they'll likely chase Armour. Saskatchewan, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal could all call Hunt's agent.

5. Tony Miles, WR (Toronto)

When healthy, Miles can be ultra-effective. At 29, he has two 1,000 receiving yard seasons on his resume.

Estimated price: Unknown

Possible destination: Hamilton. Depending on what other irons Edmonton has in the fire, it could bid.

6. Taylor Inglis, LS (Edmonton)

The only Eskimos free agent on the market, Inglis wants to go to the NFL as a long snapper.

There is American interest, but if the 24-year-old doesn't sign in the NFL - he becomes a player to watch in the CFL free-agent derby.

Inglis wants to stay in Edmonton if he has to return to the CFL, but admits he'll listen to other CFL offers.

A reliable long snapper is very valuable.

Estimated price: $50,000-$60,000

Possible destination: NFL

7. Dario Romero, DT (Montreal)

An underrated player. Only notched four sacks last year, but could be a veteran starter.

Estimated price: Unknown

Possible destinations: Hamilton needs help. Calgary is also rumoured to be interested.

8. John Avery, RB (Toronto)

Does the former Edmonton Eskimo have anything left in the tank?

Estimated price: Unknown - will need bidding war to approach $80,000.

Possible destination: Hamilton could be interested.

9. Ryan Dinwiddie, QB (Winnipeg)

Started in last year's Grey Cup game, but wants to know his market value.

Estimated price: $60,000-$70,000

Possible destinations: Winnipeg, Hamilton

10. Michael O'Shea, LB (Toronto)

The 16-year CFL veteran hits the market at 37 years old.

Estimated price: $125,000

Possible destinations: Toronto, Hamilton


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