The BC Lions were awarded non-import long-snapper/linebacker Jordan Matechuk via the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster today.
The Lions made the claim on Matechuk and as a result of the Riders not placing him on their active roster, Matechuk’s rights move to BC where he will now fill in a spot on their roster.
As we mentioned on Twitter, CFL rules state that any team may claim a player off of another team’s practice roster with a couple of conditions:
- The team that has the player originally may elect to place the claimed player on their 46-man active roster effective immediately. This would negate the claim and the player would remain with his current team.
- If the team elects to not move the player to the active roster – and in this case the Riders chose not to do so, the player will be awarded to the claiming team.
- Like the Riders would have had to do if they elected to keep him, the Lions must place Matechuk on their active roster effective immediately.
Obviously, a situation like this can be ideal for the player given that instead of making the $500 per week practice roster money, they get paid via salary contract.