CFL free agency begins Tuesday

Canadian offensive lineman Josh Bourke, who is a member of the Alouettes until free agency opens...

Canadian offensive lineman Josh Bourke, who is a member of the Alouettes until free agency opens Tuesday, is judged to be the top prize for CFL teams looking to improve. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

CFL teams will have plenty more to choose from when free agency kicks off on Tuesday.

Last year there were about 40 players whose contracts expired in February. This time around, thanks to the Ottawa RedBlacks expansion draft, there are going to be approximately 60 players, including 27 very valuable Canadians, who will be free to sign wherever they so choose.

Add another team to the mix this year in the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks, and it promises to be an eventful week in the CFL.

The RedBlacks, Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers are expected to be the teams throwing out the most offers when the market opens up at noon ET, or 9 a.m. on the West Coast. The Eskimos and Bombers are trying to get back to the playoffs and must improve their offensive lines to do so, while the RedBlacks have only 48 players on their roster but a boatload of cash to spend.


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