Bo Levi Mitchell still hoping to test CFL free agency

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Bo Levi Mitchell wants to test free agency.

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A day after his rights were traded by the Calgary Stampeders to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the quarterback appeared on Flames Nation’s Barn Burner live show Tuesday and addressed his future.

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And while the Ticats can now negotiate a contract exclusively with Mitchell, the man himself wants to get an idea of what the CFL landscape is going to look like in 2023 before necessarily committing to any team.

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“I want to hear their pitch and what’s going on there, but what I said two days ago before the West Final is I want to go into free agency,” Mitchell told host Ryan Pinder. “I want to find out what the offers are. I want to find out where the coaches are going to end up, I want to find out where some players are going to end up and who is even going to make it to free agency as a player.

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“At this point in my career, I’m not going to fight over a certain amount of money with a different team. It’s more, to me, I want to build on the legacy I’ve started.”

Mitchell had nothing but good things to say about the Ticats and head coach Orlondo Steinauer. He repeatedly said he intended on respecting the organization and hearing what they had to say.
More than anything, though, Mitchell said he wanted to make sure that wherever he signed, there were the pieces in place that are required to compete for a Grey Cup.

That might not mean taking the offer with the most money on the table.

“The biggest thing is you have to look around and say, ‘How do I sign with a team and give them the opportunity to win?’ Same thing I did here in Calgary,” Mitchell told the Barn Burner. “Yeah, if I’m the most coveted quarterback free agent on the market, yeah I could try to demand top dollar and all that and it’s great for a year or two or three in the bank account later on. But the biggest thing is I’ve always talked about leaving a legacy in the Canadian football game.

“I want to continue building that and I think the only way to do that is continue being who I am, try to put guys around me, and I think if there’s some guys I want out there and I’m going to go ask Hamilton or whoever, the team I want to sign with, I say, ‘I want this guy, I want to be able to throw to this guy, I want to have this guy protecting me, I believe in this guy on defence you should really go get him.’ I’ve gotta be willing to take a little bit less in order to make that happen.”

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