Stampeders, CFLPA headed to arbitration over LB Nate Holley case: report

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The Calgary Stampeders and the CFLPA are headed to arbitration.

Last month, the CFLPA filed a grievance on behalf of linebacker Nate Holley. Holley and the association believe that he should have the opportunity to explore the NFL market this off-season.

We haven’t heard much about the case until Thursday when TSN’s Dave Naylor reported that the players’ association and the team will be heading to arbitration.

Holley signed with the Stampeders following a stint with the Los Angeles Rams thinking that the “NFL window” would be open for him even though he signed with the Stamps through the 2020 season, according to Naylor.

Calgary released defensive back Tre Roberson earlier this off-season and the all-star cornerback eventually sign with the Chicago Bears. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers did the same for defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo who went on to sign with the 49ers.

The “NFL window” has continued to be a hot topic in the CFL, where the league and the players’ association seem to support the idea. The league has had trouble getting the NFL (and more importantly, the NFLPA) on board, however, leaving the whole thing stuck in purgatory.

Holley played in all 18 games last year where he picked up 78 defensive tackles, 22 special team tackles, one sack and one interception. Holley was also named the league’s most outstanding rookie.