CFL free agent rankings: defensive ends


Defensive ends that remain available.


1. Jesse Joseph, MTL
Age: 30
Starts in 2018: 7
Key stats: 24 tackles, 4 sacks & one forced fumble
Notes: There are some who feel Joseph should have been a starter in Montreal last season. An underrated contributor.

2. Andrew Marshall, OTT
Age: 28
Starts in 2018: 0
Key stats: 12 special teams tackles
Notes: Solid special teams contributor.

3. Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, EDM
Age: 30
Starts in 2018: 0
Key stats: Two tackles
Notes: A late-season addition to the Eskimos this season. Once a starter in Ottawa, Gascon-Nadon’s stock has fallen fall in recent years.


1. Victor Butler, TOR
Age: 31
Starts in 2018: Zero
Key stats: None
Notes: Retired following a great 2017 season due to a contract dispute with the Argonauts. He become a free agent on February 12 and it’s been rumoured that he’ll listen to offers.

2. Tristan Okpalaugo, WPG
Age: 29
Starts in 2018: 18
Key stats: 31 tackles & five sacks
Notes: Disappears for stretches but still a formidable pass rusher. Never regained his form from Toronto (2015-2016) in two seasons with the Bombers.

3. Ivan McLennan, B.C.
Age: 25
Starts in 2018: 0
Key stats: 16 tackles, nine special teams tackles & two sacks
Notes: Rotational player in B.C. who’s still young and plays special teams.

4. Gabriel Knapton, MTL
Age: 29
Starts in 2018: 10
Key stats: 26 tackles & four sacks
Notes: Production dipped in 2017 and hasn’t recovered. Solid against the run but struggles to get after the passer.


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