CFL Week 16

Highlights from around the Canadian Football League in Week 16.

The New England Patriots reportedly dove into the Canadian Football League well Thursday when they worked out three free agents.... <a href="https://nesn.com/2017/12/patriots-work-out-three-cfl-stars-including-former-seahawks-cornerback/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Read More &#187;" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Read More &#187;</a>
NFL Rumors: Patriots Work Out Three CFL Stars, Including Ex-Seahawk
The New England Patriots reportedly dove into the Canadian Football League well Thursday when they worked out three free agents.... Read More »
The CFL isn’t quite ready to welcome Johnny Manziel to their league, but their commissioner said he felt “good” about what he heard from Manziel himself. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he spoke to Manziel in September about a chance to play north of the border, but stopped short of saying he [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2017%2f12%2f14%2fcfl-commissioner-has-good-talk-with-johnny-manziel%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513403592&sig=Kx8Ck2BF5aeXrSHF5kVosA--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
CFL commissioner has “good” talk with Johnny Manziel
The CFL isn’t quite ready to welcome Johnny Manziel to their league, but their commissioner said he felt “good” about what he heard from Manziel himself. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he spoke to Manziel in September about a chance to play north of the border, but stopped short of saying he [ more]
The CFL isn’t quite ready to welcome Johnny Manziel to their league, but their commissioner said he felt “good” about what he heard from Manziel himself. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he spoke to Manziel in September about a chance to play north of the border, but stopped short of saying he [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2017%2f12%2f14%2fcfl-commissioner-has-good-talk-with-johnny-manziel%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513403592&sig=Kx8Ck2BF5aeXrSHF5kVosA--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
CFL commissioner has “good” talk with Johnny Manziel
The CFL isn’t quite ready to welcome Johnny Manziel to their league, but their commissioner said he felt “good” about what he heard from Manziel himself. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he spoke to Manziel in September about a chance to play north of the border, but stopped short of saying he [ more]
The CFL isn’t quite ready to welcome Johnny Manziel to their league, but their commissioner said he felt “good” about what he heard from Manziel himself. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he spoke to Manziel in September about a chance to play north of the border, but stopped short of saying he [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2017%2f12%2f14%2fcfl-commissioner-has-good-talk-with-johnny-manziel%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513403592&sig=Kx8Ck2BF5aeXrSHF5kVosA--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
CFL commissioner has “good” talk with Johnny Manziel
The CFL isn’t quite ready to welcome Johnny Manziel to their league, but their commissioner said he felt “good” about what he heard from Manziel himself. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he spoke to Manziel in September about a chance to play north of the border, but stopped short of saying he [ more]
<p>Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment buying CFL&#39;s Toronto Argonauts</p>
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment buying CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment buying CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment added another championship team to its roster on Wednesday with the purchase of reigning Grey Cup champs.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment buying CFL's Toronto Argonauts
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment added another championship team to its roster on Wednesday with the purchase of reigning Grey Cup champs.
<p>CFL commissioner Randy? Ambrosie said he is waiting on results of an expert analysis before approving quarterback Jonny Manziel to play in the league, but he was impressed by a conversation with Manziel in September, ESPN&#39;s Kevin Seifert <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21756609/cfl-commish-had-good-talk-johnny-manziel-cleared-play-yet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reported" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reported</a>. </p><p>That meeting was the first step in the process in which Manziel has spoken to investigators about his past. </p><p>The Browns cut Manziel in 2016 after two seasons of inconsistent play and off-the-field issues, and he hasn&#39;t played since. He was Cleveland&#39;s 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. ?A 2016 <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/11/30/johnny-manziel-misdemeanor-assault-charge-dismissed" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:domestic violence charge" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">domestic violence charge</a> against Manziel was dismissed. </p><p>Manziel&#39;s rights are with the Hamilton-Tiger Cats, and over the summer he started the process to make the Tiger-Cats offer him a contract or release his rights. That&#39;s when Ambroise acted to make sure the decision on Manziel&#39;s eligibility was thorough. </p><p>Ambroise told ESPN that Manziel represented himself well and seems to be in a good place. He added he would be a good addition for the CFL. </p> <p>?</p>
CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie Says Johnny Manziel Seems to Be In Good Place

CFL commissioner Randy? Ambrosie said he is waiting on results of an expert analysis before approving quarterback Jonny Manziel to play in the league, but he was impressed by a conversation with Manziel in September, ESPN's Kevin Seifert reported.

That meeting was the first step in the process in which Manziel has spoken to investigators about his past.

The Browns cut Manziel in 2016 after two seasons of inconsistent play and off-the-field issues, and he hasn't played since. He was Cleveland's 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. ?A 2016 domestic violence charge against Manziel was dismissed.

Manziel's rights are with the Hamilton-Tiger Cats, and over the summer he started the process to make the Tiger-Cats offer him a contract or release his rights. That's when Ambroise acted to make sure the decision on Manziel's eligibility was thorough.

Ambroise told ESPN that Manziel represented himself well and seems to be in a good place. He added he would be a good addition for the CFL.

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TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 19: Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts during the first half of CFL action as the Toronto Argonauts host the Montreal Alouettes at BMO field. Ricky Ray is now the franchise leader in passing touchdowns. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Maple Leaf Adds CFL's Toronto Argonauts to Sports Team Empire
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 19: Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts during the first half of CFL action as the Toronto Argonauts host the Montreal Alouettes at BMO field. Ricky Ray is now the franchise leader in passing touchdowns. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CFL in Halifax
CFL in Halifax
CFL in Halifax
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
The CFL's approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
The CFL's approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
The CFL's approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
The CFL's approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
Johnny Manziel had to go through a "multi-faceted expert analysis" in his attempt to play in the CFL.
The CFL&#39;s approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
The CFL's approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
The CFL's approval process to let Johnny Manziel play is intense
<p>Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had &#39;good&#39; talk about career</p>
Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had 'good' talk about career

Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had 'good' talk about career

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he could tell Manziel really wants to play in the CFL.
Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had 'good' talk about career
Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said he could tell Manziel really wants to play in the CFL.
<p>Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had &#39;good&#39; talk about career</p>
Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had 'good' talk about career

Johnny Manziel, CFL commissioner had 'good' talk about career

Bid for Halifax CFL team steams ahead with Atlantic Schooners trademark
Bid for Halifax CFL team steams ahead with Atlantic Schooners trademark
Bid for Halifax CFL team steams ahead with Atlantic Schooners trademark
Bid for Halifax CFL team steams ahead with Atlantic Schooners trademark
Bid for Halifax CFL team steams ahead with Atlantic Schooners trademark
Bid for Halifax CFL team steams ahead with Atlantic Schooners trademark
A teenager required stitches after a brutal fail by a former CFL player in a fundraiser game. Source: Instagram, JR/Natey Adjei
Dunk fail injures high school student
A teenager required stitches after a brutal fail by a former CFL player in a fundraiser game. Source: Instagram, JR/Natey Adjei
A teenager required stitches after a brutal fail by a former CFL player in a fundraiser game. Source: Instagram, JR/Natey Adjei
Dunk fail injures high school student
A teenager required stitches after a brutal fail by a former CFL player in a fundraiser game. Source: Instagram, JR/Natey Adjei
<p>If there’s one thing the NFL got right in 2017, it was letting the players finally have fun again. Thanks to the relaxation of the league’s rules, players were allowed to celebrate touchdowns using the ball as a prop or in group demonstrations, giving rise to an incredibly creative array of dances, bits and jokes all season long. There are still a few weeks left in the season, but as the year closes, let’s revisit the 10 best celebrations of 2017.</p><h3>Eagles&#39; walkoff home run</h3><p>Going, going, gone: This celebration is a real, well, home run.</p><h3>Vikings “Duck Duck Goose”</h3><p>Or as they call it in Minnesota, “Duck Duck Gray Duck.” But this is a great one no matter what you call it.</p><h3>Le’Veon Bell bench press</h3><p>Bell totally lifts, bro.</p><h3>Chiefs potato sack race</h3><p>Travis Kelce’s joy at winning this “race” is what makes it great.</p><h3>Eagles bowling</h3><p>This would’ve been even better if the Eagles had set up a 7-10 split or something.</p><h3>Texans relay race</h3><p>If someone had done the Usain Bolt celebration at the end, this would’ve been the year’s best.</p><h3>Steelers wrestling pin</h3><p>I’m honestly amazed we don’t get more wrestling-related celebrations. Looking at you, Rob Gronkowski.</p><h3>Packers bobsled</h3><p>In which Green Bay feels the rhythm and the rhyme.</p><h3>Vikings leap frog</h3><p>Minnesota’s really good at this whole “celebrating touchdowns with kids’ games” thing.</p><h3>Eagles electric slide</h3><p>Okay, this isn’t a touchdown celebration, and the interception that prompted the dancing was ultimately overturned. But still: This is a remarkable and hilarious display of incredible disrespect that I couldn’t leave off this list, score or no score.</p><h3>BONUS: CFL team limbos</h3><p>Sure, they&#39;re not an NFL team, but the Ottawa Redblacks make this list because of just how good and creative this celebration was. Shouts to Canada.</p>
The Best NFL Touchdown Celebrations of 2017

If there’s one thing the NFL got right in 2017, it was letting the players finally have fun again. Thanks to the relaxation of the league’s rules, players were allowed to celebrate touchdowns using the ball as a prop or in group demonstrations, giving rise to an incredibly creative array of dances, bits and jokes all season long. There are still a few weeks left in the season, but as the year closes, let’s revisit the 10 best celebrations of 2017.

Eagles' walkoff home run

Going, going, gone: This celebration is a real, well, home run.

Vikings “Duck Duck Goose”

Or as they call it in Minnesota, “Duck Duck Gray Duck.” But this is a great one no matter what you call it.

Le’Veon Bell bench press

Bell totally lifts, bro.

Chiefs potato sack race

Travis Kelce’s joy at winning this “race” is what makes it great.

Eagles bowling

This would’ve been even better if the Eagles had set up a 7-10 split or something.

Texans relay race

If someone had done the Usain Bolt celebration at the end, this would’ve been the year’s best.

Steelers wrestling pin

I’m honestly amazed we don’t get more wrestling-related celebrations. Looking at you, Rob Gronkowski.

Packers bobsled

In which Green Bay feels the rhythm and the rhyme.

Vikings leap frog

Minnesota’s really good at this whole “celebrating touchdowns with kids’ games” thing.

Eagles electric slide

Okay, this isn’t a touchdown celebration, and the interception that prompted the dancing was ultimately overturned. But still: This is a remarkable and hilarious display of incredible disrespect that I couldn’t leave off this list, score or no score.

BONUS: CFL team limbos

Sure, they're not an NFL team, but the Ottawa Redblacks make this list because of just how good and creative this celebration was. Shouts to Canada.

DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
Steinberg’s MMQB: Patience should pay off for Claybrooks
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
Steinberg’s MMQB: Patience should pay off for Claybrooks
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
Steinberg’s MMQB: Patience should pay off for Claybrooks
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
Steinberg’s MMQB: Patience should pay off for Claybrooks
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
Steinberg’s MMQB: Patience should pay off for Claybrooks
DeVone Claybrooks will have to wait for his first opportunity to be a head coach, something CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg says could pay off for him in the big picture.
Stand down, Doug Flutie. Take a break, George Reed. Just give it up, Jackie Parker. A new king of the CFL could be coming. Maybe. Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones, who has signed a three-year deal after completing his stint as the interim coach, believes that quarterback Johnny Manziel could end up being historically great [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2017%2f12%2f08%2fjune-jones-thinks-johnny-manziel-could-be-best-cfl-player-ever%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513403592&sig=ytOMr7ecPhAMbQT65WrJzw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
June Jones thinks Johnny Manziel could be best CFL player ever
Stand down, Doug Flutie. Take a break, George Reed. Just give it up, Jackie Parker. A new king of the CFL could be coming. Maybe. Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones, who has signed a three-year deal after completing his stint as the interim coach, believes that quarterback Johnny Manziel could end up being historically great [ more]
Stand down, Doug Flutie. Take a break, George Reed. Just give it up, Jackie Parker. A new king of the CFL could be coming. Maybe. Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones, who has signed a three-year deal after completing his stint as the interim coach, believes that quarterback Johnny Manziel could end up being historically great [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2017%2f12%2f08%2fjune-jones-thinks-johnny-manziel-could-be-best-cfl-player-ever%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513403592&sig=ytOMr7ecPhAMbQT65WrJzw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
June Jones thinks Johnny Manziel could be best CFL player ever
Stand down, Doug Flutie. Take a break, George Reed. Just give it up, Jackie Parker. A new king of the CFL could be coming. Maybe. Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones, who has signed a three-year deal after completing his stint as the interim coach, believes that quarterback Johnny Manziel could end up being historically great [ more]
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a &quot;Canada&#39;s Sports Hall of Fame&#39; inductees news conference in Toronto November 3, 2009. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame" inductees news conference in Toronto
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame' inductees news conference in Toronto November 3, 2009. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a &quot;Canada&#39;s Sports Hall of Fame&#39; inductees news conference in Toronto November 3, 2009. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame" inductees news conference in Toronto
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame' inductees news conference in Toronto November 3, 2009. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a &quot;Canada&#39;s Sports Hall of Fame&#39; inductees news conference in Toronto November 3, 2009. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame" inductees news conference in Toronto
FILE PHOTO: NFL and CFL football star Warren Moon speaks during a "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame' inductees news conference in Toronto November 3, 2009. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo
CFL legend sued for sexual harassment
CFL legend sued for sexual harassment
CFL legend sued for sexual harassment
Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against CFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon
Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against CFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon
Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against CFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon
Eskimos QB Reilly named to CFL all-star team after winning MVP award
Eskimos QB Reilly named to CFL all-star team after winning MVP award
Eskimos QB Reilly named to CFL all-star team after winning MVP award
The free agent list is out and for the fourth straight year it&#39;s a star-studded group. CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg offers his first take in this week&#39;s Monday Morning Quarterback.
Steinberg’s MMQB: The free agency trend continues
The free agent list is out and for the fourth straight year it's a star-studded group. CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg offers his first take in this week's Monday Morning Quarterback.
The free agent list is out and for the fourth straight year it&#39;s a star-studded group. CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg offers his first take in this week&#39;s Monday Morning Quarterback.
Steinberg’s MMQB: The free agency trend continues
The free agent list is out and for the fourth straight year it's a star-studded group. CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg offers his first take in this week's Monday Morning Quarterback.
The free agent list is out and for the fourth straight year it&#39;s a star-studded group. CFL.ca&#39;s Pat Steinberg offers his first take in this week&#39;s Monday Morning Quarterback.
Steinberg’s MMQB: The free agency trend continues
The free agent list is out and for the fourth straight year it's a star-studded group. CFL.ca's Pat Steinberg offers his first take in this week's Monday Morning Quarterback.
CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris breaks down a busy day in Vancouver where the Lions shook up the front office and effectively began to usher in a new era of BC football.
The transition has begun in BC but how will it unfold?
CFL.ca's Jim Morris breaks down a busy day in Vancouver where the Lions shook up the front office and effectively began to usher in a new era of BC football.
CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris breaks down a busy day in Vancouver where the Lions shook up the front office and effectively began to usher in a new era of BC football.
The transition has begun in BC but how will it unfold?
CFL.ca's Jim Morris breaks down a busy day in Vancouver where the Lions shook up the front office and effectively began to usher in a new era of BC football.

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