If the right CFL offer presents itself, Calgary Stampeders quarterback and pending CFL free agent Bo Levi Mitchell would consider staying in Canada, according to sources.
The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and already has two Grey Cup rings to go with two CFL Most Outstanding Player awards: two-thirds of the league could be in the mix for Mitchell should he decide to see what the CFL market has to offer.
The Stamps have been vocal about their desire to re-sign Mitchell but both head coach Dave Dickenson and general manager John Hufnagel have said there’s a sense of urgency with regards to a decision surrounding CFL free agency on Feb. 12, But sources say Mitchell may want to test free agency and find out what his value is north or the border.
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly has generated a lot of buzz around free agency with his own standout resume. But should Mitchell join Reilly on the open CFL market, he could draw even more attention given that he’s five years younger. Sources around the league believe Reilly could possibly fetch in the range of $700,000 per year. If that’s the case there is a strong argument Mitchell is worth more.
Mitchell worked out for seven NFL teams in December and a handful of CFL players have already signed free agent contracts down south. But a few of the NFL teams intrigued by Mitchell have undergone changes on their coaching staffs or already have quarterback situations that may not be ideal for a player looking for an opportunity.
Mitchell can communicate with the interested teams and evaluate his choices clearly knowing the decision-makers are in place. It’s entirely possible Mitchell waits for NFL free agency to play out, March 13 the market opens, watch where the dollars flow for Denver, Jacksonville and Minnesota in particular at the quarterback position and go from there.
Sources say Mitchell continues to weigh his options, determined to make the proper choice – not a hasty one – on his football future. And that could be in the CFL.