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CFL Tiger-Cats hold rights to Colin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel

Colin Kaepernick
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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League are hoping that at least one of three controversial former NFL starters won’t make a roster by the time the season begins. They hold the right to free agent quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel.

Granted, they don’t sound like they think anything will actually happen.

“We see it as a way to spur fan dialogue both in Canada and in the United States,” Tiger-Cats CEO Scott Mitchell told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. “To us, it is just a matter of being transparent.”

They also already have a quarterback they like in 29-year-old Zach Collaros.

“We think Zach is the most dynamic quarterback in our league,” Mitchell said.”He’s aware of how important he is to us, but at quarterback, you can never have enough. If Johnny Manziel ever felt that the CFL was an option, I think we all understand he would have great value and what kind of player he could be in our league.”

The team really is just trying to generate fan interest by being connected to big-name players, even if they never take a snap.

“Traditionally, that’s been one of those closely guarded secrets by the clubs,” CFL vice president Glen Johnson said. “But fans are very interested and Hamilton has taken a very unique approach.”

It’s unclear if any of the three are actually interested in playing in the CFL, even if they remain unemployed by the NFL for the 2017 season.

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