CFL board confirms Ottawa team expansion draft

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

The new Ottawa football team should have some pretty good football players available to it in the CFL expansion draft, details of which have been released by the league.

Most of the details were reported in the Sun several weeks ago, but the CFL board still needed to ratify the process. Under the deal confirmed today, the Ottawa team will be able to draft two quarterbacks, eight imports and 16 non-imports from existing teams.

A key point is that, in Round One of the import draft, existing teams can protect just one quarterback and 10 additional imports, while Ottawa selects one import player from each club.

In Round Two, each club can protect six non-imports, with Ottawa having one selection from the unprotected list.

The number of players the teams can protect in Round Two can vary, depending on who they lose to Ottawa in Round One.

Ottawa will also have the first pick in each round of the CFL Canadian Draft, the league also announced.

“Our goal has been clear throughout:  to give Ottawa the chance to field a competitive team without unfairly undermining our existing franchises,” CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said in a release. “We are confident this plan meets that objective.”

The Ottawa team, which is slated to begin play in 2013, is getting a better deal in this expansion draft it did the last time Ottawa re-entered the league, ownership group frontman Jeff Hunt said in a statement.

“The expansion draft is just one part of our plan to build a team our fans can be proud of, but it will provide the foundation on which we build,” Hunt said.


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