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Josh Gordon interested in playing for CFL team that ‘badly’ wants him

Josh GordonJosh Gordon is reportedly interested in playing in the Canadian Football League while he is suspended from NFL action for the next year, but is there any way he can make that happen? Probably not.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Calgary Stampeders hold the rights to Gordon and “badly want to sign him.” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday morning that Gordon was exploring the possibility of playing for Calgary, but it doesn’t sound like he has a chance. There are a number of reasons for that.

For starters, a CFL official said the league’s rules prohibit players who are under contract but suspended from another league to play for a CFL team. Ricky Williams played for the Toronto Argonauts while under suspension from the NFL in 2006, but he was apparently able to do that by way of a loophole that has since been closed.

To make Gordon’s wish even less likely to come true, there is a provision in his contract with the Cleveland Browns that would prevent him from heading north of the border to play. Gordon would need the team’s permission, and Mary Kay Cabot reports — unsurprisingly — that the team is not willing to grant it.

If Gordon really thought he should be allowed to play in Canada while suspended from the NFL, he could always explore legal action. The chances of him getting anywhere are slim to none.

Chad Johnson signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

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Chad Johnson is set to continue his football career next year, but those of us who live in the United States will not be watching him play on TV. The former NFL wide receiver officially signed a contract with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes on Thursday.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said over the weekend that Johnson was scheduled to work out with the team in Vero Beach, Fla. earlier this week. Apparently Popp and the Alouettes liked what they saw.

Johnson is 36 and has not caught a pass in a live game since he was with the New England Patriots in 2011. He finished with just 15 catches for 276 yards that season and has had nothing but off-the-field problems since.

Johnson is hoping his post-NFL career turns out better than his buddy Terrell Owens’ did. While it would be understandable if you forgot, TO spent some time with the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers back in 2012 and they ended up buying out his contract and ownership stake in the team for $50. He later demanded money from the team and threatened legal action.

Best of luck, Chad.

Photo: Twitter/Alouettes

Report: Chad Johnson to work out for CFL’s Alouettes

Chad-Johnson-DolphinsChad Johnson has likely played his last snap in the NFL, but that does not mean his football career is over. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver is scheduled to work out for the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes this week.

“Talks did take place (and) have escalated over the last week,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp told Rapoport.

The Alouettes are the team Marc Trestman coached for five seasons and led to four division titles before becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bears. They are also the same CFL team that once held the rights to Tim Tebow while his NFL career was in limbo.

After spending seven days in jail last year for infuriating a judge with a playful butt slap in court, Johnson said that he wanted another shot in the NFL. No team was willing to sign him and he has not caught a pass in the NFL since his disappointing 2011 season with the New England Patriots.

Despite not having played in more than two years, Johnson is still just 36 years old. Assuming he has kept in shape, it’s not out of the question that he could contribute in the CFL.

CFL Punter Chris Milo Ties Record with 108-Yard Punt (Video)

In the NFL, punts that travel more than 50 yards are often described as “booming” kicks.  Do they even have a word to describe a punt that goes twice that distance?  Here at LBS, we just call it another one of the many amazing plays we’ve shown you over the years.  Check out this 108-yard punt that punter Chris Milo from the CFL ripped off recently, courtesy of Shutdown Corner:

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CFL Player Corey Banks Jacked Up by Goal Post (Video)

The CFL may need Roger Goodell to come in and make some changes.  Obviously the league is unsafe, and we all know Goodell doesn’t stand for shenanigans.  Then again, guys suffering nasty leg breaks and getting absolutely demolished by their opponents probably brings much-needed publicity to the league.  A hit like this might be illegal in the NFL, but it got us all talking.

One thing the CFL may actually want to consider changing is the position of its goal posts.  The NFL made the switch many years ago, and the reason for it should be pretty obvious.  If it is not, just check out this video of British Columbia’s Corey Banks getting jacked up by the goal post that Shutdown Corner shared with us.

The prosecution rests.

Watch this CFL Quarterback’s Helmet Pop Off After a Monster Sack (Video)

When it comes to big hits in football, it doesn’t get better than this one. This CFL quarterback learned the hard way that buckling one’s chin strap is probably a good idea:

The headline from that hit is what you would expect: Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce is banged up and may not play Sunday. Dude should just be happy if he can remember his address and how to wipe his butt after taking that hit. Brutal.

Thanks to Jimmy Traina for the video, and yes, we agree, that is the best sack ever.

Saskatchewan’s Leron Mitchell Breaks Leg During CFL Championship (Video)

It’s that time again.  Let’s file another clip under nasty injuries, shall we?  This time the unlucky entrant comes from the CFL.  Leron Mitchell of the Saskatchewan Roughriders had his leg snapped during a loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL Championship game.  Considering his team lost and his leg was mangled, it’s probably safe to assume it was one of the roughest day’s Mitchell’s ever had.  Check out the Leron Mitchell CFL injury video, courtesy of Deadspin via YouTube user wetbanditsdotcom:

Kind of reminds me of that YouTube clip all my friends used to watch in middle school of that kick boxer snapping his leg clean in half while trying to kick his opponent in the leg.  Anyone?