The Argos have unveiled ten players from their updated negotiation list. The list includes familiar NFL names like QB Chad Kelly, RB Bo Scarbrough, and DE Jachai Polite.
QB Chad Kelly was initially on Edmonton’s negotiation list earlier this year. His rights were a part of the Argos trade with Edmonton for Nick Arbuckle. Depending on Kelly’s options in the United States (USFL/XFL/NFL). He could be a part of the team’s plans in 2022 if he decides to make the journey north of the border.
Kelly, the former Ole Miss star and seventh-round pick of the Denver Broncos, has been out of the NFL since spending two seasons on the Indianapolis Colts roster in 2019 and 2020. The first-team All-SEC gunslinger has been vocal in recent times about his lack of opportunities to make his way back onto an NFL roster. The CFL could provide an avenue of redemption for Kelly.
Bo Scarbrough, the five-star recruit out of Alabama, was a dynamic player for the Crimson tide before injuries and a timeshare situation at Bama, along with dynamic talents like Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris, and Najee Harris, influenced his decision to forgo his senior year and turn pro in 2018. The Dallas Cowboys selected Scarbrough in the seventh round but just like his time at Alabama. Scarbrough, a dynamic bruising tailback, has had trouble breaking free from the pack, despite shining when given an opportunity.
It’s unclear whether Scarbrough, who has been on the NFL workout circuit, will consider playing in Canada. But the 6’1 235 pound back would be a welcome addition to the Argos backfield. Especially as a power runner. Toronto yielded success with former NFL RB DJ Foster last season. Foster had a phenomenal first year in Canada, racking up over 600 total yards and four touchdowns.
Pass rusher Jachai Polite, the former Florida standout and a third-round pick of the New York Jets in 2019, has had a difficult time finding his footing in the National Football League. Despite being drafted highly, Polite’s stay in New York was extremely brief, and he didn’t make the team’s roster coming out of the preseason. Polite has since spent time with the Rams and Seahawks, but he hasn’t flashed the potential he showed as a Junior in college, amassing 11 sacks with the Gators. The 6’3 245 edge rusher is still only 23 years old, and perhaps a change of scenery could revitalize his pro career.
Toronto has also claimed exclusive rights to starting LT Dejon Allen and DB Treston Decoud. Both former NFL and XFL players made a strong impact for the Boatmen in their first years in the CFL.
Toronto’s scouting department did a great job in 2021 recognizing American talent and then helping bring them on board with the Boatmen. As a result, many of the names on the Argos neg. list are worth filing away for future consideration.
Below is the press release sent by the Canadian Football League to CFLNewshub today.
TORONTO – For the second time this year, the nine Canadian Football League (CFL) teams have unveiled ten players from each of their negotiation lists. Clubs must do so on two occasions throughout the year following a measure approved at the 2018 CFL winter meetings.
CFL by-laws state that teams can claim exclusive CFL rights for up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation lists. Players can be added, removed, or traded from the lists at any time.
The following players were previously unveiled from their respective clubs’ negotiation lists:
- OL Dejon Allen (TOR)
- DL Woody Baron (MTL)
- DL Malik Carney (HAM)
- DB Treston Decoud (TOR)
- WR Steven Dunbar (HAM)
- DB Randall Evans (OTT)
- OL Donald Hawkins (MTL)
- DL Julian Howsare (HAM)
- DL Anthony Lanier (SSK)
- OL Andrew Lauderdale (SSK)
- QB Jake Maier (CGY)
- DB Najee Murray (MTL)
- DB Deatrick Nichols (WPG)
- DL Jarell Owens (CGY)
- DB Jumal Rolle (HAM)
- DB Marcus Sayles (WPG)
- WR Papi White (HAM)
- WR Tim White (HAM)
- WR Lucky Whitehead (WPG)
- DL Jonathan Woodard (SSK)
The ten players announced on each CFL team’s negotiation list are as follows:
|Hank Bachmeier||QB||Boise State|
|Spencer Brasch||QB||California Polytechnic|
|Chase Brice||QB||Appalachian State|
|Max Duggan||QB||Texas Christian|
|Devin Leary||QB||North Carolina State|
|Grayson McCall||QB||Coastal Carolina|
|Chandler Morris||QB||Texas Christian|
|Cameron Ward||QB||Incarnate Word|
|J.T. Barrett||QB||Ohio State|
|Asmar Bilal||LB||Notre Dame|
|La’Darren Brown||RB||Oklahoma State|
|Anthony Hines III||LB||Texas A&M|
|Spencer Sanders||QB||Oklahoma State|
|Ryan Willis||QB||Virginia Tech|
|Logan Bonner||QB||Utah State|
|Jacob Haener||QB||Fresno State|
|Cole Kelley||QB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Skylar Thompson||QB||Kansas State|
|Scotty Washington||WR||Wake Forest|
|Calvin Austin III||WR||Memphis|
|Fred Brown||WR||Mississippi State|
|Brian Cole II||LB||Mississippi State|
|Daeshon Hall||DL||Texas A&M|
|Levi Lewis||QB||Louisiana Lafayette|
|Chris Rowland||WR||Tennessee State|
|WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS|
|Jake Bentley||QB||South Alabama|
|J.T. Hassell||DB||Florida Tech|
|Kobe Jones||DL||Mississippi State|
|Garrett McGhin||OL||East Carolina|
|Ryan Pope||OL||San Diego State|
|Isaiah Zuber||WR||Mississippi State|
|Jayden de Laura||QB||Washington State|
|Sam Hartman||QB||Wake Forest|
|Jamie Newman||QB||Wake Forest|
|Drew Plitt||QB||Ball State|
|Jordan Ta’Amu||QB||Ole Miss|
|Willie Harvey||LB||Iowa State|
|Jonathan Hubbard||OL||Northwestern State|
|Chad Kelly||QB||Ole Miss|
|Shedeur Sanders||QB||Jackson State|
|Dustin Crum||QB||Kent State|
|Jayden Daniels||QB||Arizona State|
|La’Michael Pettway||WR||Iowa State|
|Kalil Pimpleton||WR||Central Michigan|
|Eric Schmid||QB||Sam Houston State|
|Jack Abraham||QB||Mississippi State|
|Sean Clifford||QB||Penn State|
|Lance Lenoir||WR||Western Illinois|
|Damion Ratley||WR||Texas A&M|
|Elijah Sullivan||LB||Kansas State|
|Rogan Wells||QB||Western California|
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