CFL free agent rankings: strong-side linebackers

Strong-side linebackers that remain available.

The “SAM” linebacker position is unique to the CFL. Played by a defensive back who must be able to cover in man, zone, play the run, and rush the passer.


1. Otha Foster, B.C.
Age: 30
Starts in 2018: 18
Key stats: 58 tackles, three sacks & two forced fumbles
Notes: Consistent veteran who help settle B.C.’s defence a season ago. Playmaker who should still have some game.

2. Maurice Leggett, WPG
Age: 32
Starts in 2018: 8
Key stats: 33 tackles & one sack
Notes: Was among the CFL’s top defensive playmakers as recently two years ago but an Achilles tear from October 2017 has put his career in jeopardy.

Also available: Chip Cox, MTL; Dominique Ellis, MTL

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