CFL releases list of potential free agents for Feb. 15

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11/28/2013 4:26:59 PM
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CFL free agency is a few months down the road and there's an impressive list of players that will be free to shop in the open market if their respected teams don't sign them.

Free agency starts on Feb. 15 and the league released its list for available names on Thursday.

Toronto Argonauts

Backup quarterback Zach Collaros impressed many this season when Ricky Ray went down with a shoulder injury and missed a good portion of the season. Appearing in 14 games, Collaros threw for 2,316 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Ottawa Redblacks might be interested in taking the Cincinnati product if Toronto decides to protect Ray from the expansion draft.

Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman could be on his way out as well. The 23-year-old, second year player was third on the Argo's in receiving, racking up 739 yards and six touchdowns.

Defensive back Patrick Watkins was solid for Toronto with 43 tackles and five interceptions. He will hit the open market as well if the Argonauts don't lock him up.

Other possible free agents include slot back Mike Bradwell, kicker Swayze Waters and offensive lineman Andrew Jones.

Montreal Alouettes

After a disappointing year that saw quarterback Anthony Calvillo miss most of the season, the Alouettes go into the off-season with a few question marks on their offensive line.

Starters Josh Bourke, Michael Ola and Luc Brodeur-Jourdain are slated to become free agents in February. Brodeur-Jourdain and Bourke are Canadian.

Veteran linebacker Kyries Helbert was second on Montreal with 68 tackles and will become a free agent if not signed.

Others include defensive back Billy Parker and Canadian linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hamilton will have to re-sign a big name behind centre if they want a reasonable shot at getting back to the Grey Cup in B.C.

Quarterback Henry Burris will become a free agent if not signed, but all things point to the 38-year-old returning in black and gold colours next year.

Burris has publically stated that he wants to stay in the Steel City.

Burris threw for 4,925 with 25 touchdowns and 19 picks in 2013.

Linebackers Jamall Johnson and Simoni Lawrence were cornerstones on the Ti-Cats defence this year, leading the team in tackles and interceptions respectively. They'll be on the open market come February if not signed.

Kicker Luca Congi's contract will be also expire.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers finished dead last in 2013 with a 3-15 record. And they stand to lose some of their better players this off-season.

Running back William Ford led the team in rushing with 594 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, third-year linebacker Henoc Muamba led the team and was second in the CFL in tackles with 106.

Both will have the chance to hit the open market.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

The 101st Grey Cup champions will want their core back in 2014 if they're looking for a repeat.

Their biggest possible loss is running back Kory Sheets. The Grey Cup MVP was second in the CFL in rushing with 1,598 and had 23 touchdowns on the ground.

Wide receivers Taj Smith and Weston Dressler each had over 1,000 yards receiving and each can become free agents this off-season.

Linebacker Craig Butler led the Riders in tackles with 60 and was second in interceptions with four.

Calgary Stampeders

Much of Calgary's core is locked up for 2014, but there's a few names they might hope to retain.

Corner back Jamar Wall and defensive back Chris Randle were tied for first in interceptions on the Stamps with four.

Wide receiver Maurice Price had a nice season, racking up 788 yards receiving and catching seven touchdowns. 

Linebacker Juwan Simpson could also be leaving Calgary this off-season.

B.C.  Lions

The Lions have only five free agents to worry about over the winter.

The big one is wide receiver Nick Moore, who was third in the league with 1,105 receiving yards. The 27-year-old also had six touchdown receptions. Moore will work out with the Minnistota Vikings next Monday (Dec. 2).

Defensive lineman Keron Williams was tied for fourth on the team with four sacks and could hit the open market.

Edmonton Eskimos

Edmonton finished this season with just four wins, leading to the firing of their head coach Kavis Reed.

One of the first tasks for new coach Chris Jones will be to take a look at his team's upcoming free agents.

Linebacker Damaso Munoz was second on the team in tackles with 88 and defensive back Joe Burnett was fourth with 57.

The Eskimos stand to lose Orrin Thompson and Scott Mitchell from the offensive line if they're not signed before Feb. 15.

Kory Sheets (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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