SF 49ers: 9 CFL players John Lynch should consider for 2020

Linebacker Glenn Love #34 of the Montreal Alouettes. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Linebacker Glenn Love #34 of the Montreal Alouettes. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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The SF 49ers can never have too much depth, and with the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season, there’s talent the team should consider.

With the SF 49ers‘ first regular-season game just a few short weeks away, the injuries have already been piling up. However, the timing for open roster spots comes at a good time for CFL players looking to make a paycheque this fall.

The CFLPA has informed players they can opt-out of their contracts to pursue NFL opportunities. They have until Aug. 31st to opt out. This is an unprecedented time for the CFL, which has given out the Grey Cup 107 times, including a streak of 100 since 1920.

The CFL is a great league for players who love the game of football. The paycheques aren’t life-changing and the rules are different than most players grow up with, but they play for the love of the game.

And a chance to crack an NFL roster.

Over the years, both leagues have had their fair share of crossover players. Legendary quarterback and Hall of Famer Warren Moon started his career in Edmonton, Alberta with the Edmonton Football Team. His head coach Hugh Campbell essentially brought him down to Houston to play for the Oilers. (Kind of ironic since Edmonton’s hockey team is the Edmonton Oilers.)

Other CFLers to play in the NFL include quarterbacks Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia, defensive lineman Cameron Wake and kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

With the SF 49ers roster in mind and knowing there are going to be fantastic athletes available from all nine CFL teams, we’re going to look at the best available from each team.

Starting on the east side with the Montreal Alouettes.