A CFL guide to the NFL cuts

NFL teams have until Saturday at 4 p.m. EST to set their 53-man active and those decisions will impact a number of players with CFL connections. We’ll continue to update this list throughout the weekend.

Saturday, September 1:

P Jon Ryan – (N)

CFL rights holder: None

Ryan was the Seahawks’ punter for the past ten years and was part of the Seattle team that captured Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos. Ryan was released by the Seahawks on August 20 signed with the Buffalo Bills and waived after training camp in Western New York.

DB Kenny Ladler 

CFL rights holder: None

Ladler turned an impressive two-year stint with Edmonton into a contract with Washington but has been released.

DB Elie Bouka – Philadelphia Eagles (N)

CFL rights holder: None

Bouka has been added to the Eagles injured list to start the season. He signed with Saskatchewan late last season but was released in order to pursue an opportunity with Philly. Though he may have a verbal agreement to return to the Riders, Bouka is technically free to sign with any team in the CFL should he return north.

DL Stefan Charles

CFL rights holder: Edmonton Eskimos

Charles, 29, has played 60 games with five NFL teams in six seasons and has been released by the Chiefs. He has made almost $3.5 million USD in his career.

DB Jeff Richards

Richards spent last season on the Chargers’ practice roster after participating in training camp with Carolina but has been released. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks.

DB Jonathon Mincy

CFL rights holder: None

Mincy joined the Bears back in January following two seasons as the Alouettes’ boundary cornerback but has been released by the Bears according to an online report.

DB Dexter McCoil

CFL rights holder: None

A two-time West Division all-star, McCoil has been released by the 49ers.

OL Brett Boyko

CFL rights holder: B.C. Lions

Boyko made his NFL debut late last season after two years on the Chargers’ practice roster but has been released after reaching an injury settlement with the club.

OL Ryan Hunter –  (N)

CFL rights holder: Toronto Argonauts

Hunter has been waived by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2018 draft class top-ranked CFL draft prospect signed with the Chiefs as a priority free agent after going unselected in the NFL draft. Hunter will go through the waiver process and is a strong practice roster candidate.

Friday, August 31:

OL Austin Pasztor 

CFL rights holder: Edmonton Eskimos

After six seasons in the NFL, including last year with the Falcons, Pasztor has been released. He was fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft by Edmonton – with a pick acquired in the Ricky Ray trade – but has earned almost $5 million USD in his career.

OL Dakoda Shepley – (N)

CFL rights holder: Saskatchewan Roughriders

Shepley was signed by the Jets as a priority free agent following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL draft and received a significant signing bonus from the club but he has been waived.

DB Kacy Rodgers II

CFL rights holder: None

The former Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back signed his first NFL contract in February but has been released – despite the fact that Rodgers’ father, Kacy Rodgers Sr., is the Jets’ defensive coordinator.

WR DeVier Posey (I)

CFL rights holder: None

Posey signed a one-year contract with the Ravens fresh-off a Grey Cup victory with Toronto – including a $100,000 signing bonus – but was released. Argos GM Jim Popp says the team wants him back.

WR Mark Chapman (N)

CFL rights holder: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The first overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft, Chapman has been waived by the Denver Broncos and they are reportedly not immediately considering him for a practice roster spot.

WR/DB Terrell Sinkfield (I)

CFL rights holder: None

The former Argo, Ticat and Lion was trying to make the New York Jets as a defensive back but has been released.

Tuesday, August 28

OL Geoff Gray (I)

CFL rights holder: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Gray was placed on waivers by the Cleveland Browns.

For a comprehensive guide to Canadians and former CFLers currently in the NFL, check out this amazing post from John Hodge.


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