2021 CFL free agency: LIVE

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6:30 p.m. ET — Day One of CFL Free Agency has been a emotional rollercoaster. From the elation of new signings to the sadness of Solomon Elimimian’s retirement, the intrigue of new CFLPA negotiations to the devastation of the closing of three TSN radio stations in CFL markets, we thank you for making us your home for breaking news today. We’re signing off for now but we’ll be back tomorrow, and every day after, with more dedicated CFL coverage than anywhere else. We hope you’ll continue to join us.

6:29 p.m. ET — With the bulk of moves complete, click here to see every move your team made today.

6:20 p.m. ET — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers finally make a move, adding veteran long-snapper Mike Benson.

5:46 p.m. ET — The B.C. Lions had some kind words for retiring linebacker Solomon Elimimian.

5:35 p.m. ET — Every franchise is Ryan Ballantine right now.

5:19 p.m. ET — John Hodge reports that star linebacker Cameron Judge will not be returning to Saskatchewan. The Riders’ top Canadian will seek employment elsewhere.

5:00 p.m. ET — The news has slowed but their is still plenty of talent available.

4:11 p.m. ET — Our Tweet of the Day Award goes to Courtney Stephen. The competition was not close.

4:04 p.m. ET — Absolute bombshell news as former Most Outstanding Player Solomon Elimimian has announced his retirement from football. Read about it here.

3:57 p.m. ET — And Hamilton is finally on the board, signing former West Division All-Star Ciante Evans. Dunk has all the info right here.

3:47 p.m. ET — The only two teams without a signing today? Winnipeg and Hamilton. John Hodge says their existing Grey Cup caliber rosters are the reason why.

3:37 p.m. ET — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added American defensive back Lorenzo Jerome. Find out about it right here.

3:35 p.m. ET — Put some respect on his name!

3:30 p.m. ET — The Toronto Argonauts have announced the signing of quarterback Antonio Pipkin. Read all the details here.

3:26 p.m. ET — John Hodge breaks the news that the CFL and the CFLPA will begin meeting this week of a return-to-play for the 2021 season. Read the official memo here.

3:20 p.m. ET — Ryan Ballantine has some questions for the Riders about their new twin situation in Jordan and Justin Herdman-Reed.

3:12 p.m. ET — Free agent receiver Ricky Collins Jr. is all of us right now.

3:06 p.m. ET — 3Down contributor J.C. Abbott is not pleased by the Lions’ addition of running back Shaq Cooper.

2:45 p.m. ET — The Toronto Argonauts have fired back at the Bombers, tweeting “say you have FOMO without saying you have FOMO”. The sparks are flying in free agency.

2:41 p.m. ET — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are sitting pretty in free agency.

2:37 p.m. ET — Morley Scott reports quarterback Trevor Harris reached out to James Wilder Jr. to bring him to Edmonton.

2:34 p.m. ET — SirVincent Rogers has some high praise for new Riders OL Evan Johnson, according to Derek Taylor.

2:23 p.m. ET — Herb Zurkowsky reports that a previously reported deal between the Montreal Alouettes and Ciante Evan has fallen through. The defensive back has a more lucrative offer elsewhere.

2:15 p.m. ET — The Ottawa Redblacks have made official the re-signing of SAM linebacker Don Unamba.

2:11 p.m. ET — The Montreal Alouettes have confirmed their signings today, including SAM linebacker Patrick Levels. Read about it here.

2:05 p.m. ET — Joey Alfieri reports the Alouettes have re-signed DT Woody Baron and brought in DT Michael Wakefield from Ottawa.

2:03 p.m. ET — The B.C. Lions have added an explosive weapon in Lucky Whitehead. John Hodge has the details here.

2:00 p.m. ET — More from our own John Hodge, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian defensive back Godfrey Onyeka.

1:57 p.m. ET — Bombshell signing as 630 CHED’s Morley Scott reports former Most Outstanding Rookie James Wilder Jr. has come out of retirement to sign with the Edmonton Football Team. Read about it here.

1:49 p.m. ET — 3Down contributor Ryan Ballantine believes today is the day the CFL’s ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ gets put to the test.

1:44 p.m. ET — Le Droit’s Martin Comtois is reporting that GM Marcel Desjardins and the Ottawa Redblacks are done for the day after signing Stefan Charles.

1:28 p.m. ET — Huge news out of Calgary as Justin Dunk reports that the Stampeders have signed Canadian quarterback Michael O’Connor to back up Bo Levi Mitchell. Check out the details here.

1:05 p.m. ET — Could the Stampeders be planning a run at Canadian offensive linemen Tyler Johnstone and Matt O’Donnell? John Hodge certainly thinks so.

12:45 p.m. ET — Don’t expect McLeod Bethel-Thompson to make any waves today. TSN’s Matthew Scianitti reports he’s still waiting for an NFL opportunity.

12:34 p.m. ET — On a somber note, we’d like to take a moment to thank our CFL covering colleagues and all the others at TSN radio in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Hamilton who have just seen their jobs disappear and stations unceremoniously taken off the air. Here’s hoping you all land on your feet and can continue covering this great game.

12:28 p.m. ET — Justin Dunk reporting the Toronto Argonauts have signed RB John White IV. Check it out here.

12:26 p.m. ET — According to Herb Zurkowsky, the Alouettes could be bringing in SAM linebacker Patrick Levels.

12:15 p.m. ET — More from Dunk, as the Alouettes sign Canadian receiver Natey Adjei.

12:05 p.m. ET — Edmonton finally makes a move, signing linebacker Kevin Brown according to Justin Dunk.

12:01 p.m. ET — Huge pass rush add for the Alouettes, signing Nick Usher according to Justin Dunk. Usher was with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 and you can read the details here.

12:01 p.m. ET — John Hodge gets in on the action, confirming the B.C. Lions have signed promising running back Shaq Cooper. Read about it here.

12:01 p.m. ET — More Riders news, as they’ve replaced Solomon Elimimian in the middle with Larry Dean. Read the details here.

12:01 p.m. ET — Heavily rumoured, Justin Dunk confirms the Alouettes have signed Almondo Sewell. Check it out here.

12:01 p.m. ET — Ottawa has added a potential ratio-breaker on the defensive interior, signing Canadian Stefan Charles according to our own Justin Dunk. Read about it here.

12:01 p.m. ET — Riders are very busy early, hauling in twin linebackers Justin and Jordan Herdman-Reed. Read about it here.

12:01 p.m. ET — The big fish has landed in the prairies. Justin Dunk has Micah Johnson returning to Riderville. Read about it here.

12:01 p.m. ET — He’s coming home Saskatchewan! Justin Dunk reports OL Evan Johnson has officially signed with his hometown Riders. Read about it here.

12:00 p.m. ET — Go!

11:59 a.m. ET — Begin the countdown! On your marks! Get set!

11:53 a.m. ET — I would like to thank Chris O’Leary for his friendly reminder that resign and re-sign are two different things. This keyboard jockey needs all the grammatical help he can get.

11:50 a.m. ET — Popular linebacker Kevin Brown will not be back in Ottawa according to Postmedia’s Dan Barnes.

11:47 a.m. ET — More from Naylor, this time linking running back Shaq Cooper to the B.C. Lions.

11:44 a.m. ET — TSN’s Dave Naylor expects defensive back Ciante Evans to join Almondo Sewell in Montreal.

11:40 a.m. ET — TSN’s Farhan Lalji with more buzz ahead of the official launch, including Evan Johnson to the Riders, Natey Adjei to Montreal and running back John White IV heading to The Six.

11:35 a.m. ET — More from Rod Pedersen, who believes star linebacker Larry Dean and both Herdman-Reed twins could be headed to Saskatchewan.

11:32 a.m. ET — Less than thirty minutes away from the starting gun and Montreal QB Vernon Adams Jr. is READY!

11:31 a.m. ET — Postmedia’s Dan Barnes reports that Almondo Sewell will land with a one year deal in Montreal.

11:19 a.m. ET — Could Canadian receiver Daniel Petermann be headed to Ottawa? The Ottawa Sun’s Tim Baines thinks it’s a possibility.

11:14 a.m. ET — Rod Pedersen says he expects both Johnsons – Micah and local boy Evan – to sign with the Riders.

11:10 a.m. ET — TSN’s Dave Naylor reports that the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be signing defensive tackle Micah Johnson to a one-year contract.

11:00 a.m. ET — The free agent deadline is one hour away! Buckle up. Things are about to explode.

10:55 a.m. ET — Four-year veteran John Rush thanked the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the last four years. It’s looking like he’s hitting the market.

10:29 a.m. ET — The Calgary Stampeders are usually pretty quiet in free agency, but 3DownNation insider John Hodge thinks they could be a factor today.

10:05 a.m. ET — 3DownNation contributor Joel Gasson has some fresh hot takes ready for later in the day.

10:00 a.m. ET — The free agent deadline is two hours away!

9:56 a.m. ET — We’ve reached a lull, so we’ll take an opportunity to remind everyone that coffee is delicious.

9:44 a.m. ET — 630 CHED’s Morley Scott reports that it’s likely offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell and running back Shaq Cooper will hit the open market. Both are on 3DownNation’s top 25 pending free agents list.

9:23 a.m. ET — We have our first signing! 3DownNation insider John Hodge reports that the Montreal Alouettes have signed former Carabins’ receiver Regis Cibasu. He was released last night by the Toronto Argonauts.

9:05 a.m. ET — 3DownNation insider John Hodge reports that ratio-breaking offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone will be reaching free agency.

8:49 a.m. ET — 3DownNation insider John Hodge thinks the Blue Bombers could end up going local to replace LS Chad Rempel with Winnipeg native Mike Benson available.

8:30 a.m. ET — 3DownNation has unveiled its list of the top 25 CFL free agents. Check it out here.

Welcome to the 3DownNation 2021 CFL free agency live blog!

We’ll be with you all day as we look to provide news, insight, and analysis regarding signings across the league. We have some stories from yesterday down below to get you started. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Monday — Justin Dunk wrote a column about pending free agent Henoc Muamba, who is unlikely to be back with the Montreal Alouettes.

Monday — The Montreal Alouettes signed free agent offensive lineman David Foucault, who was originally drafted by the team in 2014.

Monday — Justin Dunk reported yesterday that the Saskatchewan Roughriders are interested in a reunion with all-star defensive tackle Micah Johnson.

Monday — Steve Milton of the Hamilton Spectator reported that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will not be re-signing veteran centre Mike Filer.

Monday — TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported that Canadian linebacker Chris Ackie signed with the Montreal Alouettes yesterday after being granted his release by the Toronto Argonauts.

Monday — Calgary Stampeders’ offensive lineman Brad Erdos announced his retirement. He was set to become a free agent on February 9.

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