2020 CFL free agency day one: LIVE

The first day of CFL free agency in 2020 following the installation of the new negotiating window was absolutely wild.

3DownNation brought you up-to-the-minute coverage all day long on February 12 — there were 50 players who changed teams. Relive the entire day and get caught up with how it all went down by going through our live coverage.

3DownNation tracked the signings, rumours, and analysis as the day progressed. All signings are written in bold for easy navigation.

9:35 PM ET — Toronto has added another starting Canadian, via Justin Dunk. This time it’s linebacker Chris Ackie. For more, click here.

9:01 PM ET — As per Justin Dunk, the Argonauts have signed another stud Canadian in cornerback Arjen Colquhoun. For more, click here.

8:10 PM ET — B.C. Lions add to their National depth by acquiring LB Kevin Francis.

7:40 PM ET — Farhan Lalji with the numbers for Micah Johnson in B.C.

7:38 PM ET– There is still lots of talent available towards the end of day one.

7:12 PM ET — Star defensive tackle Micah Johnson has agreed to play in Vancouver next season, according our own Justin Dunk. For more, click here.

7:00 PM ET — The B.C. Lions have beefed up their offensive line with stalwart tackle Ryker Mathews heading to the West Coast. For more, click here.

6:37 PM ET — Versatile DE Adrian Tracy is now a Montreal Alouette, per Herb Zurkowsky. For more, click here.

6:33 PM ET — Fresh off the presses from Justin Dunk, Larry Dean is headed back to the Hammer after a year in Edmonton. For more, click here.

6:13 PM ET — Micah Johnson has made his decision according to Justin Dunk.

6:08 PM ET — Tiger-Cats are teasing a big signing still to come…

6:05 PM ET — Former Grey Cup hero Abdul Kanneh returns to Ottawa. For more, click here.

6:00 PM ET — The Tiger-Cats fill a need at National linebacker by signing former Argonauts’ Justin Herdman-Reed.

5:58 PM ET — It’s one right after the other with the Argos adding Alex Bazzie as well.

5:55 PM ET — Another top National lands in Toronto. The Argos have inked former second round pick Fabion Foote, as per John Hodge.

5:20 PM ET — Hamilton adds some DB depth with the addition of Qudarius Ford. For more, click here.

5:18 PM ET — Toronto continues to reel in the established names. DE Craig Roh is the latest to be announced. For more, click here.

4:56 PM ET — Toronto has signed veteran National LB Nick Shortill away from the Tiger-Cats.

4:45 PM ET — There is lots of talent still available as we near hour five of free agency.

4:43 PM ET — Jonathan Jennings continues to play the waiting game as the top QB available, per Dave Naylor.

4:09 PM ET — RB Jeremiah Johnson is off the board. He’s retiring, per Farhan Lalji. For more, click here.

4:08 PM ET — Quarterback Dakota Prukop has signed with the Stampeders. For more, click here.

4:00 PM ET — Biggest loser so far? Analyst John Hodge thinks it might be Ottawa.

3:56 PM ET — Some hefty numbers coming into focus for the DaVaris Daniels contract, per Farhan Lalji.

3:50 PM ET — Interest in National DT Fabion Foote is coming from both B.C. and Toronto.

3:44 PM ET — Edmonton play-by-play man Morley Scott reports that OL Jean-Simon Roy is back into the fold. His colleague Dave Campbell has the tweet.

3:39 PM ET — Herb Zurkowsky continues to break news, this time reporting the Alouettes have re-signed DB Ciante Evans.

3:30 PM ET — LB Korey Jones is returning to Edmonton, courtesy of Dave Campbell.

3:26 PM ET — A third former B.C. Lion (this time it’s LB Frederic Chagnon) has reunited with his college coach in Montreal, per Herb Zurkowsky.

3:22 PM ET — REC DaVaris Daniels lands with Toronto, according to Justin Dunk. For more, click here.

3:00 PM ET — Could the Ryan Brown signing mean the B.C. Lions have lost out on Micah Johnson? Farhan Lalji with the speculation.

2:53 PM ET — The B.C. Lions and Montreal Alouettes have swapped defensive linemen with David Menard heading east and Ryan Brown heading west. For more on the Menard signing, click here.

2:38 PM ET — Our own John Hodge with the scoop, reporting that DT Junior Luke will reunite with former University of Montreal coach Danny Maciocia in La Belle Province.

2:35 PM ET — Justin Dunk reports that the B.C. Lions are heavily pursuing Micah Johnson as they continue to upgrade their pass rush.

2:30 PM ET — Former Riders’ special teamer Alexander Gagne is headed to Montreal. For more, click here.

2:25 PM ET — It’s free agency all over the world, as John Hodge reports that Canadian quarterback and 2019 Hec Crighton trophy winner Chris Merchant is headed to the Finnish Maple League.

2:22 PM ET — The Riders have re-signed special teamer Jordan Reaves.

2:18 PM ET — Those questions may be eased given that Farhan Lalji reports J.R. Tavai is also joining the B.C. Lions. For more, click here.

2:15 PM ET — Some are questioning the fit of DE Chris Casher in B.C.

2:00 PM ET — The Eskimos make official the re-signing of offensive tackle Tommie Draheim.

1:58 PM ET — Edmonton is out of the running for receivers DeVier Posey and DaVaris Daniels but still have interest in acquiring Naaman Roosevelt.

1:55 PM ET — Dave Naylor is reporting that Hamilton is now out of the Larry Dean sweepstakes.

1:50 PM ET — It appears former first-round receiver Brian Jones is back with the Tiger-Cats alongside Courtney Stephen. For more on Stephen’s signing, click here.

1:44 PM ET — Tim Baines reports that National LB Chris Mulumba-Tshimanga has inked with Ottawa, giving them some ratio flexibility.

1:40 PM ET — Justin Dunk reports that talks are ongoing between LB Larry Dean and the Tiger-Cats, while Dave Naylor says the Redblacks are out of the sweepstakes.

1:36 PM ET — The Stampeders have re-signed backup QB Montell Cozart, according to play-by-play man Mark Stephen. For more, click here.

1:30 PM ET — The B.C. Lions have added some veteran National depth in the form of Cameron Walker.

1:20 PM ET — The new Canadian Air Force is taking off from BMO Field.

1:16 PM ET — The Alouettes have finally entered the building, signing DB Tyquwan Glass for 2020 according to 3Down’s Justin Dunk.

1:12 PM ET — Dunk has the B.C. Lions adding some National safety help in the form of two years from former Bomber Derek Jones.

1:06 PM ET — More on one of today’s biggest signings, Cleyon Laing’s three-year deal with Ottawa, can be found right here.

1:02 PM ET — National DB Courtney Stephens will reunite with the Tiger-Cats on a one-year deal, per our own Justin Dunk.

1:00 PM ET — The Eskimos have added returner Shakeir Ryan, according to Dave Naylor.

12:59 PM ET– OL Dariusz Bladek will join OL Philip Blake in Toronto, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji. For more, click here.

12:56 PM ET — Another bombshell from Dunk, as he reports the Lions will sign former Stampeder DE Chris Casher. Some desperately needed pass rush help.

12:52 PM ET — The Argonauts improve up front by adding former NFL draft pick and Toronto native Philip Blake, per Justin Dunk.

12:48 PM ET — National RB/REC Anthony Coombs will be playing in the Nation’s Capital next season, according to Dave Naylor. For more, click here.

12:43 PM ET — All-Star DB Richard Leonard has signed with the Calgary Stampeders, per Justin Dunk. Also on their way to Cowtown are National DE Connor McGough and punter Ronnie Pfeffer.

12:39 PM ET — TSN’s Matthew Scianitti has the Argos signing Canadian receiver Juwan Brescacin. For more, click here.

12:36 PM ET — John Hodge reports that Edmonton has signed recently released Argo RB Brandon Burks.

12:32 PM ET — Hamilton has signed former Stampeders’ RB Don Jackson, per our own Justin Dunk. For more, click here.

12:25 PM ET — Do-it-all National LB Thomas Miles is officially back with the Blue Bombers

12:19 PM ET — SAM linebacker Don Unamba is headed to Ottawa according to TSN’s Dave Naylor.

12:11 PM ET — The Eskimos have signed DB Trumaine Washington as per John Hodge. For more, click here.

12:09 PM ET — The Eskimos have added Justin Tuggle and Anthony Covington according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji


12:01 PM ET — The Eskimos announce the re-signing of DL Mark Mackie

11:53 AM ET — The Stampeders have found their replacement for the retired Rob Maver according to Postmedia’s Danny Austin.

11:43 AM ET — The Lions are bringing back returner Chris Rainey according to TSN’s Davis Sanchez.

11:40 AM ET — DB Josh Johnson appears to be headed east to Manitoba according to TSN’s Dave Naylor

11:31 AM ET — The Calgary Stampeders are likely adding DB Branden Dozier according to Postmedia’s Danny Austin.

11:22 AM ET — It looks like DT Dylan Wynn is staying in the Hammer, according to the Ticats Louis Butko

11:16 AM ET — The Argos have added Canadian receiver T.J. Jones according to Justin Dunk. For more, click here.

11:07 AM ET — It could be a quiet day for the Blue Bombers who used up plenty of cash signing DE Willie Jefferson.

10:51 AM ET — DT Cleyon Laing could be on the move according to TSN’s Davis Sanchez.

10:39 AM ET — The Edmonton Eskimos have signed DB Jonathon Mincy according to Justin Dunk. For more, click here.

10:37 AM ET — TSN’s Dave Naylor reports Riders LB Solomon Elimimian could make as much as $163,500 in 2020

10:10 AM ET — Saskatchewan Roughriders re-sign LB Solomon Elimimian, as per Justin Dunk. For more, click here.

10:07 AM ET — Ottawa Redblacks re-sign LB Kevin Brown II and DB Randall Evans. Both were slated to become free agents at today’s deadline.

9:59 AM ET — 3DownNation’s Santino Filoso has some names for Redblacks’ fans to follow up with today. Check out his thoughts here.

9:39 AM ET — Justin Dunk reports that James Franklin’s new deal with Saskatchewan is worth $115,000 in hard money plus incentives.

8:54 AM ET — 3DownNation’s John Hodge reports that national linebacker Chris Ackie has hit the market early. For more, click here.

8:37 AM ET — Cleyon Laing tweets this video of cleaning out his locker in Toronto. The dominant national defensive tackle has suitors in Ottawa and B.C., as per Justin Dunk.

1:57 AM ET — Saskatchewan Roughriders sign QB James Franklin, as per Justin Dunk. For the full story, click here.