On Tuesday, the CFL revealed 10 names on each of the 9 teams negotiation lists, a list that could go up to 45 names long of players that the team would have rights to. Some are current free agents, and some are student athletes waiting on their opportunity to enter the professional level. One player, for example that the Ottawa Redblacks signed off of their negotiation list during the 2021 CFL season was quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges, a quarterback who played his collegiate football at Samford and spent time in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he started 6 games in 2019 as well as the Los Angeles Rams for the 2021 NFL pre-season. The Redblacks also signed Terrance Williams, De’Lance Turner and some other players off of their negotiation list in 2021, but Hodges was the most popular of the signings.
Among the 10 names revealed in December for the Ottawa Redblacks’ negotiation list are quarterbacks Dustin Crum (Kent State), Jayden Daniels (ASU), and receiver La’Michael Pettway (Iowa State) who have previously been found on the list as well as newly revealed Marcus Jones, Trevon McSwain, Tanner Morgan, Kalil Pimpleton, Sam Renner, Eric Schmid and Montrell Washington.
Of the group, Jayden Daniels of Arizona State University may be the most popular. Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 185 pound dual threat quarterback made a name for himself as a freshman with Sun Devils, throwing for 2,943 yards, 17 touchdowns and running for 355 yards and 3 additional scores while throwing just two interceptions. He has since thrown for 2,922 yards and 15 touchdowns, ran for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing 10 interceptions in 16 games from 2020-2021.
Daniels is a junior in University, and will likely return to school next season as he plans on performing at the NFL stage therefore we will not see him with the Redblacks in 2022, however some players that might come north of the border for the 2022 CFL season, and don’t be surprised if they do would be La’Michael Pettway, Montrell Washington, Marcus Jones, Trevon McSwain and/or Sam Renner.
Pettway is a free agent wide receiver that played his collegiate career with both Arkansas and Iowa State, has since spent time in the NFL, most recently with the Houston Texans. Washington is a senior wideout at Samford University looking to play professional ball in 2022, and with little talk around him heading into the off-season, that may be in the CFL. Jones is a senior defensive back and kickoff returner from Houston, and has been an all-American defensive playmaker for the Cougars. He has a lot of NFL talk around him so its unlikely he comes to Canada in 2022, but if he is on the market the 5-foot-8 DB full of speed would be welcome to join the Redblacks. Trevon McSwain is a free agent defensive lineman out of Duke and Sam Renner is a free agent defensive lineman out of Minnesota, most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.