Thursday, January 20, 2011

CFL Snowbirds

Every January a good number of Canadians head for sunnier climes for a little relaxation in the sun and a break from the rigours of a Canadian winter.

Known as Snowbirds they depart in the darkest days of winter and come back fully rested to face the final weeks of Canada's coldest season.

The CFL has its own version of the snowbirds, a collection of CFL free agents that take advantage of a window in their CFL contracts to test the waters of the NFL.

Some make the trek and find that they come up a little short of expectations from the NFL factory, in most cases returning to don the uniform of the team they last played for.

Others however show enough that NFL teams sign them up for the following season, or at least for a training camp appearance complete with signing bonus.

Below we'll keep track of those CFL free agents import and non-import alike that are making the circuit of NFL teams, anxious to make their mark in football below the 49th.

For some background on this annual migration see the items below.

National Post-- Cory Greenwood's fast track to the NFL
National Post-- Coming soon to the NFL: More CFL players
Sportsnet-- Hoping for a shot down south

As the free agents pack their bags and bring their film, we'll monitor the departure gates from this location.

BC Lions
Edmonton Eskimos
Calgary Stampeders
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Hamilton Tiger Cats
Toronto Argonauts
Montreal Alouettes

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