Bo knows ... how to maximize a deal

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:50 AM

Belated congratulations to Alex Singleton, one of CFLpass’s favorite players since his rookie CFL season of 2016; Singleton signed a futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, thereby putting him on the no-longer defending champions’ offseason roster. Having shown some nice improvement in three seasons of Canadian football after attending Montana State, Singleton should have a reasonable chance to crack an Eagles roster which we already know will be missing free agent Jordan Hicks.

Singleton is just one of quite a few Calgary Stampeders starters looking to get with NFL teams for the 2019 season. WR Marken Michel will be joining Singleton in Eagles camp, while his fellow LB Jameer Thurman and DL James Vaughters seek to make a vaunted Bears defense that could lose three starters from the front seven.

But as in so many things football, a disproportionate amount of attention is given to the quarterback – in this case, Bo Levi Mitchell. Mitchell has won two Grey Cups with the Stamps since his debut in 2012, and his team’s success has been likened to that of the New England Patriots’, with Bo in the Tom Brady role.

Since the Grey Cup ended, Mitchell has received tryouts with between 8 to 10 teams, depending on your source. Easily confirmed are his workouts with the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and – you guessed it – the Bears. (Come to think of it, could one of the unmentioned teams *be* the Patriots? Seems like Mitchell would be the perfect backup for the 42-year-old Brady in 2019…)

OF this list, the Jaguars, Vikings and Giants seem particularly enticing, with a real opportunity for Bo to compete for the starter’s job. And Denver? Bo feels like the low-budget, plug-and-play QB that John Elway’s sought for any of his non-Peyton Manning Broncos teams.

Bo Levi Mitchell, however, is cleverly staying mum – and NFLbets like to think he’s attempting to leverage his opportunity for the best possible contract. Within minutes of the Eagles’ bouncing from the NFL playoffs, it was certain that Nick Foles would be hitting free agency, with pundits reckoning he’ll be good for a $20 million payday or thereabouts. Mitchell’s résumé of championship achievement – alongside his Grey Cups is the 2011 FCS championship which he led Eastern Washington to – is unmatched by any prospective free-agent QB, and the talent at quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft is not expected to be, likesay, overwhelming.

Even though back home, Stampeders management hopefully awaits word on Bo’s return, this QB seems likely to be playing in the USA next year. Good luck to Bo, then – even after he signs a nice lucrative contract…