Where some of the NFL cuts might land in the CFL

The first wave of NFL cuts has taken place, meaning it’s time to update last week’s comprehensive guide to Canadians and former CFLers in NFL training camps.

NFL rosters are now limited to 75 players. Rosters must be trimmed to 53 players by September 3 with up to ten additional players eligible to join practice rosters on September 4.

Player NFL team Date released CFL rights
DL Willie Jefferson Washington 08/27/16 None
OL David Foucault Carolina Panthers 08/28/16 Montreal Alouettes
RB Lache Seastrunk New York Jets 08/28/16 None
DB Aaron Grymes* Philadelphia Eagles 08/29/16 None
DB Brandon Browner Seattle Seahawks 08/29/16 None
DB Elie Bouka* Arizona Cardinals 08/30/16 Saskatchewan Roughriders
WR Troy Stoudermire Minnesota Vikings 08/30/16 None
LB Henoc Muamba* Dallas Cowboys 08/30/16 None
DB Arjen Colquhoun* Dallas Cowboys 08/30/16 Edmonton Eskimos
RB Cameron Marshall Jacksonville Jaguars 08/30/16 None
WR Terrell Sinkfield Minnesota Vikings 08/30/16 None
WR Dobson Collins Baltimore Ravens 08/30/16 None

*added to injury waivers

Grymes, Bouka, Muamba, and Colquhoun, each of whom ended up on injured reserve, remain the property of their respective NFL teams. Being added to injury waivers is a positive sign for players at this time of year, as injured players are often released outright at or near the end of training camp unless a team suspects they may sign elsewhere.

Marshall and Stoudermire had relatively underwhelming CFL seasons in 2015. While a return north for either player is possible, neither would be likely to command big dollars. Seastrunk, who was released by both Calgary and Saskatchewan earlier this year, would be in a similar situation.

Sinkfield and Jefferson are the two players who I believe are most likely to return to the CFL this season. Both have now had NFL opportunities before and after their CFL stints and both would command big dollars north of the border. It also helps that Sinkfield (receiver) and Jefferson (defensive end) play positions that are often areas of need for CFL teams late in the season. If Canadian teams have cap room to spend late in the season, Sinkfield and Jefferson could immediately step in and play to assist a playoff push.

Foucault is the lone Canadian on the list who is now an NFL free agent. While I would be surprised to see the Montreal product sign a CFL contract this season, I would expect to see him with the Alouettes in 2017 unless another NFL team comes knocking.

Browner, now 32, is likely done with professional football.

The following players remain on NFL rosters:

DL Mehdi Abdesmad – Tennessee Titans (N)*

CFL rights holder: Ottawa Redblacks

DB Marcus Ball – Carolina Panthers (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DL Freddie Bishop III – New York Jets (I)

CFL rights holder: None

OL Brett Boyko – San Diego Chargers (N)

CFL rights holder: B.C. Lions

DB Delvin Breaux – New Orleans Saints (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DL Stefan Charles – Detroit Lions (N)

CFL rights holder: Edmonton Eskimos

WR Dobson Collins – Baltimore Ravens (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DL Christian Covington – Houston Texans (N)

CFL rights holder: B.C. Lions

DL Tyrone Crawford – Dallas Cowboys (N)

CFL rights holder: None

OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – Kansas City Chiefs (N)

CFL rights holder: Calgary Stampeders

OL Orlando Franklin – San Diego Chargers (N)

CFL rights holder: None

LB Jerrell Freeman – Chicago Bears (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DB Erik Harris – New Orleans Saints (I)

CFL rights holder: None

WR Andrew Hawkins – Cleveland Browns (I)

CFL rights holder: None

WR Dontrelle Inman – San Diego Chargers (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DB Josh Johnson – Jacksonville Jaguars (I)

CFL rights holder: None

OL Brett Jones – New York Giants (N)

CFL rights holder: None

WR T.J. Jones – Detroit Lions (N)

CFL rights holder: None

OL Colin Kelly – San Fransisco 49ers (I)

CFL rights holder: None

LS L.P. Ladoceur – Dallas Cowboys (N)

CFL rights holder: None

DL Cleyon Laing – Miami Dolphins (N)

CFL rights holder: None

WR Chris Matthews – Baltimore Ravens (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DB Dexter McCoil – San Diego Chargers (I)

CFL rights holder: None

LB Andy Mulumba – Kansas City Chiefs (N)

CFL rights holder: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

LB Tristan Okpalaugo – Arizona Cardinals (I)

CFL rights holder: None

OL Michael Ola – Detroit Lions (I)

CFL rights holder: None

DL David Onyemata – New Orleans Saints (N)

CFL rights holder: Saskatchewan Roughriders

OL Austin Pasztor – Cleveland Browns (N)

CFL rights holder: Edmonton Eskimos

LB Brian Peters – Houston Texans (I)

CFL rights holder: None

P Jon Ryan – Seattle Seahawks (N)

CFL rights holder: None

WR Eric Rogers – San Fransisco 49ers (I)

CFL rights holder: None

WR Rashaun Simonise – Cincinnati Bengals (N)

CFL rights holder: None

WR Tevaun Smith – Indianapolis Colts (N)

CFL rights holder: Edmonton Eskimos

DL Brent Urban – Baltimore Ravens (N)

CFL rights holder: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

OL John Urschel – Baltimore Ravens (N)

CFL rights holder: None

TE Luke Willson – Seattle Seahawks (N)

CFL rights holder: Toronto Argonauts

*’N’ denotes national, ‘I’ denotes international

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