CFL free agency preview: A look at top players to watch
CFL free agency is set to begin at noon ET on Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the top players expected to hit the open market:
Mike Reilly: The 34-year-old led the CFL in passing yards (5,562) and was second in TD passes (30). Reilly led Edmonton to a Grey Cup win (2015) and captured the league’s outstanding player award (2017). Over the past three seasons he’s not missed a game, impressive considering Reilly has run 319 times for 1,391 yards (4.37 average) and 34 TDs over that span while also throwing for almost 17,000 yards and 88 TDs.
Bo Levi Mitchell: Since becoming Calgary’s full-time starter in 2014, all Mitchell has done is win, whether it be Grey Cups (four appearances, two victories) or CFL outstanding player honours (2016, ’18). The 28-year-old native of Katy, Texas, has amassed a 69-15-2 record as a starter. Mitchell worked out for seven NFL teams this winter but didn’t sign a contract. If he opts to remain in Canada, the prevailing talk is Mitchell will consider all offers.
Trevor Harris: The 2018 season was his best in the CFL. The 32-year-old established career highs in pass attempts (615), completions (431) and passing yards (5,116) while sporting an impressive 70-per-cent completion percentage. Harris threw a CFL-record six TD passes in Ottawa’s 46-27 East Division final win over Hamilton, but he and the Redblacks fell short in the Grey Cup, losing 27-16 to Calgary.
Ottawa Redblacks’ Greg Ellingson (82) makes the touchdown during second-half CFL East Division Final football game action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)
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