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A closer look at former CFL players now members of NFL teams.

Armond Armstead
Armond Armstead NFL Teams: New England Patriots (2013-Present)
CFL Team: Toronto Argonauts (2012)
Pos: DT Height: 6'5 Weight: 298
Notes: After one year with the Toronto Argonauts, in which he won a Grey Cup, Armstead was released to sign with the New England Patriots.
 
Brandon Browner
Brandon Browner NFL Teams: Denver Broncos (2005-06), Seattle Seahawks (2011-2013), New England Patriots (2014-Present)
CFL Team: Calgary Stampeders (2006-10)
Pos: CB Height: 6'4 Weight: 221
Notes: Browner has been named an all-star on both sides of the border. The veteran defensive back was a CFL All-Star his final three years in Calgary and was named to the Pro Bowl in his first year with Seattle.
 
Jerrell Freeman
Jerrell Freeman NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts (2012-Present)
CFL Team: Saskatchewan Roughriders (2009-11)
Pos: ILB Height: 6'0 Weight: 234
Notes: Freeman had a strong first season with the Colts, leading the team in tackles during their surprise run to the playoffs.
 
Andrew Hawkins
Andrew Hawkins NFL Team: Cincinnati Bengals (2011-2013), Cleveland Browns (2014-Present)
CFL Team: Montreal Alouettes (2009-10)
Pos: WR Height: 5'7 Weight: 180
Notes: Hawkins was impressive with the Bengals, gaining a reputation as a playmaker with breakaway speed. He'll join his second team in 2014 after signing an unmatched offer sheet with the Browns.
 
Justin Hickman
Justin Hickman NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts (2012-Present)
CFL Team: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2009-11)
Pos: OLB Height: 6'2 Weight: 258
Notes: In Hickman's last year with the Tiger-Cats, he was a league all-star and tied for the league lead in sacks with 13. Hickman was placed on the IR to start his second season in Indianapolis
 
Phillip Hunt
Phillip Hunt NFL Team: Philadelphia Eagles (2011-2013), Free Agent (2014-Present)
CFL Team: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2009-10)
Pos: DE Height: 6'2 Weight: 215
Notes: Hunt led the CFL in sacks in 2010 with 16. That was enough to land him a contract with the Eagles where he was a solid depth player.
 
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson NFL Team: New Orleans Saints (2011-2013), Minnesota Vikings (2014-Present)
CFL Team: Calgary Stampeders (2009-10)
Pos: DT Height: 6'3 Weight: 288
Notes: Johnson bounced around the AFL and NFL Europe before signing with the Stampeders in 2009. He was a CFL All-Star in 2010 and parlayed that success into a deal with the Saints.
 
Chris McCoy
Chris McCoy NFL Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars (2013), Oakland Raiders (2014-Present)
CFL Team: Calgary Stampeders (2011-12)
Pos: LB Height: 6'3 Weight: 261
Notes: McCoy only played in 12 games over two seasons with the Stampeders, but picked up five sacks over that span. McCoy originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after his time with the Stamps, and is now with the Raiders.
 
Garrett McIntyre
Garrett McIntyre NFL Team: New York Jets (2011-Present)
CFL Team: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2009-10)
Pos: OLB Height: 6'3 Weight: 255
Notes: McIntyre was a relentless pursuer for the Tiger-Cats, playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. The 28-year-old has settled in at linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme.
 
Chad Rempel
Chad Rempel NFL Teams: Chicago Bears (2014-Present)
CFL Teams: Toronto Argonauts (2006-2007, 2009-2013), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2005), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2008)
Pos: LS Height: 6'2 Weight: 229
Notes: After a 10-year career in the CFL, Rempel will head south. He joins Marc Trestman in Chicago, with the former Montreal Alouettes head coach having seen the long snapper in person for several years.
 
Jon Ryan
Jon Ryan NFL Teams: Green Bay Packers (2006-07), Seattle Seahawks (2008-Present)
CFL Team: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2004-05)
Pos: P Height: 6'0 Weight: 217
Notes: Ryan, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, started his career with the Blue Bombers before spending the past eight seasons in the NFL.
 
Marc Trestman
Marc Trestman NFL Teams: Chicago Bears (2013-Present)
CFL Team: Montreal Alouettes (2008-12)
Pos: HC
Notes: After a very successful five-year run as head coach of the Alouettes, in which Trestman presided over two Grey Cup winning squads, the former NFL offensive coordinator returned south of the border as the Bears' bench boss.
 
Marcus Thigpen
Marcus Thigpen NFL Team: Miami Dolphins (2012-Present)
CFL Team: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2010-11)
Pos: RB, KR Height: 5'9 Weight: 195
Notes: Thigpen was always a threat to score with the Tiger-Cats, and even became the first CFL player to score five different ways in one season in 2010. It didn't take long for the returner to hit the scoresheet in the NFL, returning a punt for a score in his first game.
 
Lawrence Tynes
Lawrence Tynes NFL Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (2004-06), New York Giants (2007-12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-Present)
CFL Team: Ottawa Renegades (2002-03)
Pos: K Height: 6'1 Weight: 194
Notes: Tynes spent two years with the now extinct Ottawa Renegades before signing south of the border with the Chiefs. The 34-year-old was been with the Giants the past six seasons where he was a part of two Super Bowl wins, before signing in Tampa Bay for 2013. He starts the season on the PUP list.
 
Cameron Wake
Cameron Wake NFL Team: Miami Dolphins (2009-Present)
CFL Team: BC Lions (2007-08)
Pos: DE Height: 6'3 Weight: 250
Notes: Perhaps the most successful former CFLer currently in the NFL, Wake has been recognized as a top pass-rushing DE and been named a league all-star on both sides of the border.


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