The CFL season will end Sunday night with the Grey Cup between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Calgary Stampeders (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2), drawing the curtain on football north of the border until next summer. Most players will return home, set to begin training for 2017 or work offseason jobs or both.
A few, however, will make a run at jumping to the NFL. They’ll follow the dreams that made players such as Warren Moon, Joe Horn and Cameron Wakeinto pro football stars in the United States.
More often, their efforts will fall short. More than a dozen CFL players signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams last spring, and the most prominent have been cornerbacks Erik Harris (New Orleans Saints) and Josh Johnson(Jacksonville Jaguars). Each has appeared in four games this season. (Receiver Eric Rogers, for whom the San Francisco 49ers had high hopes, tore an ACL in August.)
Who could be on the NFL radar this spring?