If all CFL players became free agents, Argos’ Pinball Clemons contends it would be ‘craziness’

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Michael “Pinball” Clemons believes the Toronto Argos front office could prove themselves in a totally open free agent CFL market.

TagsAs 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk reported, line 16 in all standard player contracts could cause agreements to be null and void:

It is mutually understood and agreed that if the operation of the Canadian Football League is suspended, this Contract shall immediately be terminated and the remuneration to be paid to the Player shall be on the basis as provided by Paragraph 11 herein.

“I personally didn’t know about it,” Clemons said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s morning show, Lead Off, hosted by Scott MacArthur alongside Mike Zigomanis.

“It’s a wonderful talking point at a time where we don’t have a whole lot to talk about. Justin finding that out — and he’s really good at staying on top and keeping our league interesting and creating these kind of thought points — so first of all, virtual high five to Justin.”

The league has stated the 2020 season won’t start before the beginning of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL office would likely contend that the delay does not constitute a suspension, however, players and agents could make a case the other way and argue their clients should be free agents.

“Many times those kinds of situations benefit the team because there’s so many choices. I don’t think anybody wants something like this to happen, but if it does, it really is craziness and it could be a really difficult reset for players,” Clemons said.

Clemons was hired by the Argos near the end of a disastrous 4-14 season in 2019. Under his watch, Toronto went out and signed 17 new players in February plus traded for Canadian defender Bo Lokombo and kicker Boris Bede as the boatmen remade the roster.

“If there is something to it, ultimately I believe that we will have the opportunity to maybe work a little harder to do a little bit more, and continue to prove ourselves if it does happen,” Clemons said.

“The teams who are a little bit more organized, who maybe developed the right approach to something like this, I think will win in the end.”