Remaining CFL free agent positional rankings

With the wildness of day one and more methodically paced day two behind us in the 2020 CFL free agent market, let’s check and see who is left on the board.

Over 50 players changed teams in the opening two days. There are lots of recognizable names who have yet to sign contracts. The players left are ranked by position below.



1) Jonathon Jennings

The 27-year-old has regressed since a 5,000-yard season in 2016, tossing for 1,154 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions last year in Ottawa.


1) Brandon Bridge

The 27-year-old wasn’t signed until late in 2019 by the B.C. Lions, passing for 194 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Running backs


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1) C.J. Gable

The eight-year veteran is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in Edmonton, though his age (32) could limit his options. However, that hasn’t slowed Gable’s production.

2) Cameron Marshall

The 28-year-old played in just four games last season for Hamilton, but made the most of those appearances by averaging 6.1 yards per carry.

3) Romar Morris

Morris has speed and can thrive when given an opportunity. He has 121 career touches for 622 total scrimmage yards with six majors — all coming with Calgary.

Best of the rest: Terry Williams, Calgary Stampeders; Mossis Madu, Ottawa Redblacks; Martese Jackson, Edmonton Eskimos


1) Greg Morris

The 27-year-old had 25 offensive touches for 155 yards with Ottawa last season.





1) Calvin McCarty

The 13-year veteran continues to perform consistently and he’s been a staple in Edmonton.



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1) Derel Walker

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

2) Duron Carter

The 28-year-old had 67 catches for 614 yards and three touchdowns with the B.C. Lions a year ago.

3) Chris Matthews

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

4) Luke Tasker

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. Tasker has spent his entire CFL career so far in Hamilton.

5) Manny Arceneaux

Arceneaux brought leadership to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019.

6) Rodney Smith

It’s hard to argue with six-foot-six, which is the size this Florida State product brings to the receiving corps. That’s why Toronto brought him into the league.

Best of the rest: Ryan Lankford, B.C. Lions; Seth Coate, Ottawa Redblacks


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1) Mike Jones

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

2) Nate Behar

The Carleton product’s return home to Ottawa 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; Austin Hartley, Calgary Stampeders

Offensive line


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1) Derek Dennis

A former CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman who played through injury in 2019, starting 16 games at left and right tackle for Calgary — signed in the XFL.

2) Thaddeus Coleman

The six-foot-eight, 320-pounder started all 18 games for the Riders at right tackle last season; he’s a solid blocker, but turns 35 in June.

Best of the rest: Travis Bond, Edmonton Eskimos; Antonio Johnson Sr., B.C. Lions


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1) Ryan Bomben

Released by the Argos prior to receiving an off-season roster bonus, the four-time East Division all-star still can play at a high level.

2) David Foucault

The soon-to-be 31-year-old for B.C. Lion is a serviceable blocker capable of starting at guard or sliding out to tackle in a pinch.

3) Spencer Wilson

Released by the Alouettes, the nine-year veteran is capable of filling in at all five spots along the offensive line.

4) Tyler Holmes

The former East Division all-star in Toronto is coming off a down year with the Argos, but he may still be able to help a team.

Defensive tackles


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1) Davon Coleman

The 29-year-old has been a member of three teams over the past three seasons, the latest was Toronto. He still has posted 127 tackles and 17 sacks in 49 career games, including 57 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions to earn CFL all-star honours in 2018.

2) Lavar Edwards

Edwards played 11 games in two seasons with the Riders. He can provide an inside presence on the d-line.


1) Junior Turner

The 31-year-old is a starter when healthy but has appeared in just 31 games over the past four seasons due to a slew of knee injuries with Calgary.

Best of the rest: Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, Calgary Stampeders; Jabar Westerman, Calgary Stampeders

Defensive ends


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1) Shawn Lemon

The nine-year veteran continues to get after the passer, recording 20 sacks in 32 games the past two seasons between Toronto and B.C.

2) Ivan McLennan

The 26-year-old has potential. Freak injuries — broken hand, dislocated knee — ended his 2019 season in Calgary prematurely.

3) Gabe Knapton

Knapton spent 2019 out of the league, but he has played 81 career CFL games producing 36 sacks.

4) Odell Willis

The 35-year-old is coming off a down year where he played partly at defensive tackle, making just four sacks for B.C.


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1) Jamaal Westerman

The soon-to-be 35-year-old missed the entire 2019 season in Hamilton due to injury, but he has played at an all-star level in the past.

2) Jesse Joseph

Joseph is a five-year veteran with seven sacks over the past two seasons for Montreal and Edmonton.

Best of the rest: Andrew Marshall, Edmonton Eskimos; Edward Godin, B.C. Lions



1) Maleki Harris

The 27-year-old is coming off a quietly productive season in Vancouver during which he made 67 tackles and one interception despite starting just seven games.

Best of the rest: Eric Striker, Toronto Argonauts; Glenn Love, Montreal Alouettes; Marcus Ball, Calgary Stampeders; Ian Wild, Toronto Argonauts


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1) Cory Greenwood

The Kingston native was excellent in 12 starts last season in Cowtown making 79 tackles, forcing three fumbles, notching two sacks and grabbing one interception.

Best of the rest: Nicolas Boulay, Ottawa Redblacks; Frederic Plesius, Montreal Alouettes; Brandyn Bartlett, Saskatchewan Roughriders; Terrell Davis, B.C. Lions

Defensive backs


1) Anthony Cioffi

The 25-year-old was one of few bright spots for Ottawa in 2019, recording 61 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble at strong-side linebacker. That earned Cioffi an NFL contract with the New York Jets.

Best of the rest: Jonathan Rose, Ottawa Redblacks; Maurice McKnight, Edmonton Eskimos; Chandler Fenner, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Chris Randle, Ottawa Redblacks; Jermaine Robinson, Montreal Alouettes


1) Anthony Thompson

The 29-year-old Thompson who played for B.C. last season remains one of the league’s few Canadians who can start at cornerback or safety.

Best of the rest: Jay Langa, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Jeff Hecht, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Josh Woodman, B.C. Lions





1) Lirim Hajrullahu

The 29-year-old is an excellent do-it-all kicker who is currently exploring NFL opportunities

2) Zack Medeiros

The 29-year-old posted a decent 32.6 net yards per punt in Toronto and is also capable of contributing as a placekicker.

3) Josh Bartel

The 34-year-old posted a 33.4 net-yard average on 73 punts in 2019 for B.C.



1) Terry Williams

The 27-year-old finished second in the CFL in combined yards (2,147) while also performing spot duty in Calgary’s backfield.

Best of the rest: Martese Jackson, Edmonton Eskimos



Long snappers




1) Martin Bédard

Montreal signed free agent long snapper Mike Benson which ended the 35-year-old’s eleven-year run with the Alouettes.