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GFL Playoffs 2009
German Bowl XXXI

Berlin Adler 28
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 21
Semi Finals

Schwäb. Hall Unicorns 21
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 22

Berlin Adler 36
Marburg Mercenaries 21
Quarter Finals

Schwäb. Hall Unicorns 46

Assindia Cardinals 25

Marburg Mercenaries 64
Dresden Monarchs 63

Berlin Adler 30
Weinheim Longhorns 13

Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 20
Stuttgart Scorpions 6
Franken Knights 7
Munich Cowboys 19

Munich Cowboys 28
Franken Knights 24

GFL Standings
GFL - GFL 2009
 NordP+ P-
1. Berlin18 2
2. Kiel18 2
3. Dresden10 10
4. Essen12
5. Braunschweig14
 SüdP+ P-
1. Schwäbisch Hall17 3
2. Marburg14 10
3. Stuttgart11 13
4. Weinheim16
5. Plattling18
6. München20



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CFL: CFL Free Agency 2003
veröffentlicht am 19.Feb.2003 @ 16:35:06 von MEB

Canadian Football League The men in charge of player personel for CFL clubs have an extra factor to consider when they prepare to deal with free agency. In exchange for financial assitance in the form of a loan, the league signed an agreement with the NFL several years ago which stated that CFL players entering the final year of their deal would be given an opportunity to void their contracts and sign with an NFL club if the chance presented itself. As a result, general managers of CFL clubs can’t just be concerned about players whose contracts expire. They also have to be prepared to potentially lose players that are still under contract with the CFL.

Players entering the last year of their contract have until February 28th, 2003 to sign a deal with an NFL team if they can. Following that date, they are committed to playing the final season of their contract with their CFL team. Free agency, for players who have completed that final year, began February 15th, 2003.

Here’s a look at the challenges that the various teams in the Canadian Football League teams will be facing this offseason.

BC Lions

The Lions took a couple of hits before free agency even began. Leading rusher Sean Millington and offensive lineman Jamie Taras retired. Then the Miami Dolphins came calling for LB Brendon Ayanbadejo and he answered the call. Ayanbadejo contributed three interceptions, three sacks, five fumble recoveries, 77 tackles (six for losses) and played on special teams for the Lions. He will obviously be difficult to replace. Tackle Andy Stensrud also left for the NFL, signing with Houston.

The Lions did, however, manage to re-sign QB Damon Allen for two years. Allen has been in the CFL since 1985, holds the record for most career passing yards (58,407) and is only 14 TD’s behind the all- time passing touchdown record of 333 held by current Hamilton TigerCats head coach Ron Lancaster. He’s the only quarterback in pro football to rush for over 10,000 yards and is the younger brother of Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen.

Three members of the Lions secondary will be free agents on February 15th: Eric Carter*, Sedrick Curry and Toya Jones, as well as slotback Geroy Simon who contributed 50 catches this past season.

Calgary Stampeders

The Stamps, at first glance, appear to have taken the hardest hit in terms of defections to the NFL. As of this writing, six of their players had already “gone south”. However, a closer look shows that they’ll most likely be able to retain their most significant contributors.

The biggest blow was in fact on special teams. Running backs Raymonn Adams and Antonio Warren were the team’s main return men last season and both have left for the NFL (Jets and Giants, respectively). But the team’s leading passer Marcus Crandell, receiver Travis Moore, rusher Kelvin Anderson and tackler/sacker Alondra Johnson all appear, for the time being, as though they will return.

Edmonton Eskimos

Thus far into the offseason, the Western Conference Champion Edmonton Eskimos have done nicely for themselves in terms of maintaining some stability. They have already re-signed two of their own players before they could become free agents. Kicker Sean Fleming, who made 81% of his field goal tries last season, will return, as will LB and special teams standout Sheldon Benoit and center Bruce Beaton.

The one significant blow they have taken is in losing former Miami Dolphins first-roun pick John Avery to the Minnesota Vikings. Avery was spectacular as a running back for the green and gold in 2003. They also stand to lose some talent in their receiving corps if Chris Brazzell finds a new home.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Things have been mostly quiet in Regina. In fact, the team was pleased to announce that the entire coaching staff would return intact in 2003. They have had only one loss to the NFL, but it was a significant one. WR Derick Armstrong will be going to the Houston Texans after accumulating 70 catches, 1104 yards and five scores for the ‘Riders. The team would prefer to replace him with someone experienced in the Canadian game, whether through free agency or by trade.

One priority will be to retain free agent kicker Paul McCallum who handles both the placekicking and punting jobs on the team, saving a roster spot. Most of Saskatchewan’s free agents have expressed an interest in returning to the team, McCallum included.

Back-up quarterback Kevin Glenn has shown some potential in the little playing he’s had and he may seek more playing time on another team.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The situation with RB Charles Roberts is probably the one that bears watching most closely. Roberts is the type of player who can do many things for a team; he lead the Bombers with 1162 yards rushing and added 613 receiving. He’s also the team’s primary return man for punts and kickoffs. Roberts is under contract for next season but wishes to negotiate a new deal. He already felt that the team had not responded quickly enough to his demands before free agency had yet to officially begin. Neither side has had extremely kind words for the other of late and the outcome of this situation could play a large role in how successful Winnipeg is next season in 2003.

On a more positive note, it appears as though the team will be able to retain powerful FB Mike Sellers. Sellers was expected to draw NFL interest but he has yet to sign a contract in the U.S. He previously played for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.

It also looks like the deadly combination of QB Khari Jones and WR Milt Stegall will return intact. Stegall was voted the league’s most outstanding player for 2002.

Toronto Argonauts

Toronto, in terms of losses to the NFL, is another team that has been weakened on special teams. Kicker/Punter Noel Prefontaine has left for Kansas City and defensive back Bashir Levingston, who handled punt returns and on occasion kick off returns, is now with the Miami Dolphins.

The Argos face the very real possibility of having their defense ripped apart by free agency. In addition to Levingston, they could potentially lose their top two tacklers in DB Orlando Steinauer and veteran linebacker Michael O’Shea. Corner Adrion Smith, who grabbed seven interceptions in 2002, also has become available.

Toronto is the team most heavily rumoured to pursue Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo*.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Ti-Cats are the only team to not lose a player to the NFL, as of this writing. This is fortunate for them because they have the largest amount of free agents in the Canadian League. They’ve been able, mind you, to re-sign a couple of key players before they became available to other teams. Slotback Archie Emerson led the team in receiving yardage and CB Dedric Mathis was tied for second on the club with four interceptions. Both have been brought back with two-year contracts.

While Hamilton may have the most free agents, they can rest assured that their key people, such as quarterback Danny McManus and running back Troy Davis, are signed for the coming season. WR Darren Flutie, brother of NFL QB Doug Flutie, was expected to retire after the 2002 season but still shows on the roster at the moment and no official announcement has been made.

Ottawa Renegades

At this point last season, Ottawa was an expansion club with about a dozen players on the roster as a result of an expansion draft. Now they find themselves trying to hold on to a number of those same players.

They’ve lost some defense to the NFL in the form of DB Alphonso Roundtree (Miami) and former Vikings 2nd-round pick defensive end Michael Boireau (Cleveland).

However, they have reversed the tables somewhat as well. Last season they had obtained DE Fred Perry from Edmonton in the expansion draft but he left for Atlanta on the day the deadline closed to do so, catching the team by surprise. Perry spent the year on injured reserve in the NFL, and now has finally signed with the Renegades for 2003.

Ottawa’s most significant loss would be that of LB John Grace, who was a nominee for defensive player of the year in 2002. He has reportedly drawn interest from as many as six NFL teams and is considered unlikely to return to the club.

The club has picked up free agent QB Dameyune Craig to provide competition for incumbent Dan Crowley.

Montreal Alouettes

The negative aspect of winning a championship is that keeping the core of the team together becomes even more difficult. The Als are finding this out first-hand.

QB Anthony Calvillo* is considered by most to be the biggest free agent name this offseason and negotiations between him and the team have not been particularly smooth. Calvillo financial demands were extremely high when the process started (roughly 1/5 of the team’s salary cap space would have had to be cleared for him alone). He has since lowered them but the two sides still have not agreed on a contract. Calvillo has drawn some limited interest from NFL teams (Pittsburgh and Cleveland) but most CFL teams agree that they can not meet his salary demands.

The teams’ receiving corps has been hit by the departures of Keith Stokes (Miami) and Pat Woodcock (Washington) to the NFL. They’ve also lost defensive lineman Adriano Beli to the Browns but are pleased to have re-signed DT Ed Philion and tackle Neal Fort. They’ve also extended the contract of defensive end Marc Megna. Megna led the team in sacks (seven) and tackles for a loss (eight) in 2002.

Notes: Ending speculation that the Tiger-Cats might part with veteran coach Ron Lancaster, the team has re-signed him to a three-year contract...Montreal head coach Don Matthews was awarded the coach of the year award for 2002...Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager Wally Buono stepped down from his posts in January and was hired as head coach of the BC Lions a few days later. Buono had been with the Stamps for the past 13 years. Calgary replaced Buono with Jim Barker, offensive coordinator for Montreal...The league is currently negotiating a new TV contract. The negotiations are holding up the release of the 2003 schedule.

Jean-François Fournier, Feb 16th, 2003

* Shortly after this writing, the Montreal Alouettes announced that quarterback Anthony Calvillo had signed a three year deal to remain with the club. The BC Lions announced that they re-signed DB Eric Carter.

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