In the event that Dwayne Haskins enters the 2019 NFL Draft, Tate Martell should have the opportunity to win the starting quarterback job at Ohio State. Regardless of how his collegiate career pans out, his CFL rights have already been negotiated.
The CFL rules state that teams can claim exclusive rights to up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation list. These players can be in college, on the cusp of making a professional roster or actually in the NFL.
Well, the Toronto Argonauts now hold Martell’s rights, if the dual-threat quarterback decides to take his talents to Canada. He wasn’t the only notable name in college football that had their rights negotiated.
Gardner Minshew, Will Grier and Khalil Tate were also on the CFL negotiation list.
If Tate Martell ever decides to take his game north of the border, the Toronto Argonauts currently hold his CFL negotiation rights. The Montreal Alouettes, meanwhile, hold the CFL rights to Braxton Miller, while Saskatchewan Roughriders hold the CFL rights to Joe Burrow. https://t.co/lG0OhztiD8
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The Argonauts currently have James Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the depth chart at quarterback.
Since Martell is just a freshman for the Buckeyes, it’ll be quite some time before he even considers playing in the CFL. Nonetheless, Toronto is making a future investment that could eventually work in its favor.
Ohio State fans shouldn’t worry one bit about this news, as Martell will be in Columbus for the foreseeable future.