CFL free agent rankings: linebackers

Linebackers that remain available.


1. Chris Ackie, OTT
Age: 27
Starts in 2018: 14
Key stats: 88 tackles, two interceptions, one sack & one forced fumble
Notes: Traded by Montreal at last year’s deadline, Ackie has grown into one of the league’s best national defenders. Also capable of playing safety.

2. Kevin Francis, SSK
Age: 25
Starts in 2018: 0
Key stats: Six special teams tackles
Notes: Special teams player who can slot in at linebacker or safety on defence. Played receiver in college.

Also available: DJ Lalama, MTL; Ron Omara, B.C.; Frederic Plesius, WPG; Frank Renaud, WPG


1. Marcus Ball, TOR
Age: 31
Starts in 2018: xx
Key stats: 44 tackles, one interception & one forced fumble
Notes: Was limited by injuries in 2018 and age is becoming a factor. Versatile and athletic.

2. Jeff Knox Jr., TOR
Age: 26
Starts in 2018: xx
Key stats: 31 tackles & one sack
Notes: Has spent portions of the past two seasons in the NFL, limiting his production north of the border. Was a tackling machine as rookie with Saskatchewan.

Also available: Kyries Hebert, OTT