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Yesterday was the first day of free agency, and many stars changed teams.  Here is the best list I've found of who went where, and who lost whom.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/12/sudden-impact-team-team-look-free-agency-2/

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Two observations:  1) BC and Edmonton made the most headlines.  2) Eastern stars moved west, but Western stars didn't move east.

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Here are the names of the best players still available.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/13/big-names-day-2-free-agency/
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/13/the-top-50-remaining-cfl-free-agents/

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The word Monday night was that BC had signed Duron Carter, but the league has not confirmed it.  Perhaps the Argos have filed a charge of tampering.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/12/duron-carter-reportedly-agrees-to-terms-with-b-c-promptly-gets-called-a-cancer/

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Derel Walker and some decent players signed today.

Jeremiah Johnson to Montreal.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/alouettes-sign-rb-jeremiah-johnson/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/als-ink-free-agent-rb-jeremiah-johnson/

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Courtney Stephen to Calgary.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/canadian-db-courtney-stephen-joins-stampeders/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/stamps-sign-national-db-courtney-stephen/

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Derel Walker to Toronto.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/derel-walker-leaves-toronto-without-signing-deal-with-the-argos/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/argos-sign-star-receiver-derel-walker/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/fa19-analysis-argos-offence-takes-shape-with-derel-walker-signing/

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Cody Fajardo to Regina.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/riders-sign-qb-cody-fajardo-to-one-year-deal/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/riders-sign-free-agent-qb-fajardo/

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Kevin Francis to Ottawa.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/redblacks-sign-lb-francis-one-year/

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Maleki Harris to BC.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/lions-sign-linebacker-harris-one-year-deal/

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AC Leonard to Regina.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/free-agent-c-leonard-returns-riders/
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/riders-bring-back-dl-a-c-leonard/

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Caleb Holley to Ottawa.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/redblacks-sign-wr-holley-one-season/

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Rico Murray to Hamilton.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/02/14/defensive-back-murray-returns-ticats/
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/rico-murray-has-re-signed-in-hamilton-and-thats-cool/

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Lirim Hajrullahu has decided to take a shot for an NFL offer, and will definitely not sign with a CFL team this month.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/lirim-hajrullahu-wont-sign-until-at-least-march-wants-to-take-nfl-shot/

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Every time somebody announces the intention to start up a new football league, the Nervous Nellies corner of the Football Reporters of Canada  throw up the hands and wail, "The end is near!"  They apparently think that no one worth watching will having any interest in competing for the Grey Cup.

Much to my surprise, the AAF nearly folded two weeks ago.  The reports said that they did not have enough money to pay the players their first game checks.  This surprises me, because I had thought that Bill Polian would not become involved with an underfunded outfit.

So the new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team (our local NHL team) contributed $250,000,000 (!!!) to keep the league going.  With that he was appointed Chairman of the league's board.
https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2019/02/19/canes-owner-puts-250m-into-spring-football-league.html
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/19/its-future-in-jeopardy-alliance-of-american-football-gets-cash-infusion/

The first team with an obvious problem is Salt Lake.  Only about 800 attended the home opener.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/23/nearly-nobody-at-salt-lake-city-aaf-home-opener-and-the-broadcasters-dont-care-either/

Nevertheless, some CFL players have signed recently with the AAF.

Dylan Wynn
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/19/former-argos-dl-dylan-wynn-signs-with-aaf-team/

Ciante Evans
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/19/former-stampeders-db-ciante-evans-signs-with-aaf-team/

Freddie Bishop
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/26/former-stampeders-dl-freddie-bishop-signs-with-aaf-team/

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I haven't posted much about the CFL in the past month, so let's take a look.

Here's a look at the noteworthy free agents not promptly signed.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/15/top-25-remaining-cfl-free-agents/
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/15/riders-ink-receiver-manny-arceneaux/

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Nate Behar signed with Ottawa.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/15/canadian-receiver-nate-behar-to-join-redblacks/

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Naaman Roosevelt will return to Regina.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/naaman-roosevelt-agrees-to-terms-with-riders/

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Cody Fajardo signed with the Riders.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/riders-sign-qb-cody-fajardo-to-one-year-deal/

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Derel Walker signed with the Argos.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/14/derel-walker-leaves-toronto-without-signing-deal-with-the-argos/

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DJ Lalama signed with the Bombers.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/15/bombers-sign-manitoba-product-d-j-lalama/

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Manny Arcenaux signed with the Riders.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/15/riders-ink-receiver-manny-arceneaux/

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Justin Tuggle signed with the Ticats.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/19/ticats-add-possible-larry-dean-replacement-in-former-argos-lb-justin-tuggle/

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Ian Wild signed with the Argos.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/18/argos-sign-lb-ian-wild/

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The league announced that Regina will host the 2020 Grey Cup, and Hamilton the 2021 game.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/21/grey-cup-double-shot-saskatchewan-and-hamilton-going-back-to-back/
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/18/argos-sign-lb-ian-wild/
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/22/much-to-celebrate-as-hamilton-finally-gets-to-host-a-grey-cup/

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Kienan LaFrance signed with the Riders.
https://3downnation.com/2019/02/21/riders-repatriate-canadian-rb-kienan-lafrance/

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3/28 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/03/28/checking-rutleys-time-shine-bc/

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The AAF may fold after this one season because the NFL union is not allowing its members to play.
https://3downnation.com/2019/03/27/aaf-major-owner-tom-dundon-contemplating-discontinuing-the-league/

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A report says that the Als have not paid all their bills.
https://3downnation.com/2019/03/28/montreal-alouettes-creditors-may-be-closing-in-report/

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The rules committee has issued its report.
https://3downnation.com/2019/03/22/the-cfl-finally-planning-to-use-replay-to-address-qb-headshots/

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Attention Jim Sangrey!  Sports Illustrated has investigated the beers sold at MLB parks.  Here is the Blue Jays report with a link to the full list.
https://www.si.com/eats/2019/03/28/toronto-blue-jays-beer-list-rogers-centre-best-options

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The AP reports that MLB has become the first of the four US sports major leagues to have no one left from the 20th century.  I wonder who in the CFL has the longest tenure.
https://apnews.com/c171fd38f1d0498390b4e7f0e5b092ee

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Speaking of Marc Trestman, it looks like he has hired Jerry Glanville, too.
https://3downnation.com/2019/04/01/former-ticats-defensive-coordinator-jerry-glanville-to-be-hired-in-xfl/

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Lirim Hajrullahu has decided to rejoin the Ticats.
https://3downnation.com/2019/04/01/ticats-bring-kicker-lirim-hajrullahu-back/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/04/01/lirim-hajrullahu-re-signs-ticats/

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