NFL won’t allow players under contract with CFL teams for 2020 to tryout, yet

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There are CFL players with NFL interest who are being held up from trying out south of the border.

According to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji a number of players are waiting for the respective leagues and unions to come to an agreement.

The CFL had an option window in player contracts starting in 1997, which gave players entering the final year or option year of their deals roughly a six-week stretch in the off-season — December to mid-January — to work out for and sign with NFL teams.

That practice ended in 2012 when it was phased out as part of the collective bargaining process. However, teams around the Canadian Football League voted to bring back the NFL window in July 2018.

But the National Football League Players’ Association has not agreed to allow players with remaining term on their contracts to work out for teams in the NFL.