Negotiating the 'list'
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Most CFL fans don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the negotiation list and how it works.
Mostly it involves imports, but when a player goes through the Canadian draft without being picked, he might end up being slapped on the neg list.
Edmonton Eskimos GM Eric Tillman did that with Rob Bagg in Saskatchewan in 2007 and again this year with Mike Miller, who is currently tied for second in special teams tackles.
Currently the Eskimos neg list is made up of 34 imports and one Canadian.
According to Tillman, who wouldn’t reveal teams or names, two CFL clubs have no Canadians protected, four have one and the remaining two teams have two each.
Those American prospects include projected NFL cuts, this year or in the future, players currently playing in other leagues such as arena football or U.S. college players, including underclassmen.
With the official countdown at 2 p.m. Edmonton time Saturday, all NFL teams had to be down from 80 to 53 players. But many teams will cut below 53 so they can claim players who have been released on waivers. Each NFL team is also allowed eight practice roster players (at $5,700 a week) which will be announced Sunday.