CFL free agent rankings: receivers

We watch them make highlight-reel catches, score acrobatic touchdowns, and go over the middle on key second downs.

This year’s free agent receiver class is deep — particularly among Americans. Some of the league’s best pass catchers will be available on February 11 should they reach the open market.

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1) Derel Walker, Toronto Argonauts

The 28-year-old went underused in 2019 but still managed 65 receptions for 1,040 yards and six touchdowns. When healthy — and used properly — Walker is arguably the best receiver in the CFL.

2) DaVaris Daniels, Edmonton Eskimos

The 27-year-old has averaged 63.5 receiving yards per game over the course of his career — he just needs to find a way to stay healthy.

3) DeVier Posey, Free Agent

Cut recently by Montreal to avoid an off-season roster bonus, Posey remains one of the league’s top deep threats.

4) Dominique Rhymes, Ottawa Redblacks

The six-foot-four target was Ottawa’s most productive offensive player last season, making 65 receptions for 1,056 yards and five touchdowns.

5) S.J. Green, Toronto Argonauts

The future Hall of Fame target posted another 1,000-yard season in 2019 but is fast approaching his 35th birthday.

6) Luke Tasker, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The seven-year veteran is coming off a down year during which he made only 36 receptions in nine games; still only 29 years of age.

7) Armanti Edwards, Toronto Argonauts

The consistent veteran quietly posted 1,014 yards with the Argos in 2019, though he will turn 32 in March.

8) Naaman Roosevelt, Saskatchewan Roughriders

The 32-year-old had a bounce-back year in 2019, making 77 catches for 946 yards while starting all 18 regular season games.

9) Darvin Adams, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The 30-year-old caught five touchdown passes last year, though his yardage plummeted from 1,028 (2018) to 549 (2019).

10) Chris Matthews, Montreal Alouettes

The 30-year-old had a disappointing campaign in 2019, posting just 21 catches for 229 yards between Winnipeg and Montreal.

11) Duron Carter, Free Agent

The 28-year-old was cut by B.C. following the season after posting 67 catches for 614 yards and three touchdowns.

12) Rodney Smith, Toronto Argonauts

It’s hard to argue with six-foot-six, which is the size this Florida State product brings to the receiving corps.

Best of the rest: Ryan Lankford, B.C. Lions; Manny Arceneaux, Saskatchewan Roughriders; Caleb Holley, Ottawa Redblacks; Seth Coate, Free Agent;


1) Juwan Brescacin, Calgary Stampeders

The six-foot-four target has the potential to dominate at slotback, but was limited to just four games in 2019 due to injury.

2) Llevi Noel, Toronto Argonauts

The Toronto native is an underrated receiver who is also capable of contributing as a blocker and special teamer.

3) Mike Jones, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

His numbers were way down from the 841 yards he posted in 2018, but Jones remains one of the CFL’s best national deep threats.

4) Jimmy Ralph, Toronto Argonauts

The undrafted target flew under the radar with Toronto last year, making 38 catches for 366 yards and one score.

5) Nate Behar, Ottawa Redblacks

The Carleton product’s return home didn’t go as planned in 2019, making just 16 grabs for 169 yards.

Best of the rest: Rashaun Simonise, B.C. Lions; Jacob Scarfone, Ottawa Redblacks; Brian Jones, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Justin Buren, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Austin Hartley, Calgary Stampeders

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