On Thursday the CFL released the names on each of the 9 teams negotiations lists. 90 names were posted publicly and the lists include active NFL players, NFL free agents and University athletes who, if they happen to come to the CFL, they would have to with the team that has their rights. The Ottawa Redblacks have just recently seen this come to play with both offensive linemen Brandon Hitner and Juwan Bushell-Beatty who came to the Redblacks training camp this year from the negotiations list, Bushell-Beatty even remaining on the team and starting games on the line early this season.
For this edition of the Ottawa Redblacks negotiations list the CFL released that the team has the rights to quarterbacks Eric Dungey, DeShone Kizer, Devlin Hodges, Eric Schmid and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, running back De’Lance Turner and wide receivers Terrance Williams, Justin Hardy, Jaelen Strong and Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi.
Headlining the list would be the quarterbacks available right now, alongside receivers Terrance Williams, Justin Hardy and Jaelen Strong. Quarterbacks Eric Dungey, DeShone Kizer and Devlin Hodges are on the open market right now, Dungey coming off of a camp with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year following an established career in the ACC with the Syracuse Orangemen and time with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the XFL’s Dallas Renegades, Kizer is a former second round pick by the Cleveland Browns, has spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders since but is likely looking for an opportunity elsewhere as he is a talented quarterback, like he showed in University with the Notre Dame Irish as a dual threat star. Devlin Hodges, like Kizer has had a few opportunities in the NFL. DeShone Kizer has started 15 games in the NFL, all with the Browns in 2017 where he threw for 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while running for 419 yards and 5 touchdowns while Hodges has 6 starts under his belt with the Pittsburgh Steelers from the 2019 NFL season where he went 3-3, throwing for 1,068 yards, 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while running for 68 yards on 21 rushing attempts following a well decorated career at Samford.
At wide receiver, Terrance Williams is a big name and big playmaker on the 2021 negotiations list for the Redblacks and with the offence struggling to move the ball maybe he could help. Coming out of Baylor, Williams was a third round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft. He went on to be the number two receiver in the offence up until the 2018 season where he battled injuries and saw other players make plays ahead of him. Over 5 full seasons with the Cowboys he caught and ran for 3,377 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 3 playoff games he adds 198 yards and 3 touchdowns to his totals as well and at just 32 years old and staying fresh, playing arena football in Massachusetts, Williams could be an impactful player if he comes to the Redblacks.
Receivers Justin Hardy and Jaelen Strong also have NFL experience and could be big time players north of the border if they come up. Combining for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns receiving, Strong a 27 year old free agent and Hardy a 29 year old free agent receiver are searching for their next opportunity. Hardy’s latest came with the Chicago Bears for some off the 2021 training camp and for Strong he hasn’t seen the field since a 2019 pre-season with the Cleveland Browns. Strong, an Arizona State product and former 3rd round draft pick has breakaway speed and is able to get open in a hurry while Hardy can do the same and more, having spent a large portion of his time with the Atlanta Falcons on special teams.
Also on the list is running back De’Lance Turner, a 26 year old running back out of Alcorn State. He has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins in the NFL and could be a good pickup for Ottawa as they remain thin at the running back position in the 2021 season. Turner rushed for 1,357 yards as a senior with Alcorn State.