The CFL’s partner in Mexico, the Liga de Futbol Americano Professional, says it is holding a combine in January for players hoping to play in the Canadian league this season.
The event will take place on Jan. 12 and 13 in Mexico City and will be attended by every CFL team. According to a release on the LFA’s website – it’s in Spanish – two representatives from each CFL club will work with the LFA staff to determine players of “export quality.” The next day, there will be another “draft” in which players will be selected “for each of the Canadian teams.”
Sources say that the general managers from all nine CFL teams will be in attendance.
The LFA has also sent invite letters to players, including this one to Andrés Chio, a quarterback.
— Andrés Chio (@AndresChio7) December 22, 2018
“As you have probably heard, the LFA recently signed a collaboration agreement with the CFL through which we will be having a series of joint activities,” it reads in part. “The first of them will be a combine to recruit Mexican talent to be taken to play professionally for the Canadian teams.”
Of course, the event hasn’t been officially announced by the CFL and there was some, uh, confusion the last time the LFA got out in front of its Canadian partners.
Nonetheless, this looks to be the next step after CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and LFA officials Oscar Perez and Alejandro Jaimes signed a letter of intent at November’s Grey Cup to work together on several projects, including playing a CFL game in Mexico City. TSN has reported that there is a “very real possibility” the CFL will play two regular season games there in 2019 but there is no game in Mexico on the schedule released this week.
The letter of intent is not a binding contract between the two leagues but an agreement to increase co-operation and share resources.
It will also be interesting to see what the CFL Players’ Association has to say about the addition of Mexican players, particularly with the current collective bargaining agreement slated to expire in May 2019.