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A tanking guide to the NFL, and a warning

Approximately half of the CFL Jonas Siegenthaler Authentic Jersey comprises "international" players. In most cases, that means Americans, which usually refers to former college stars and a few who drank a cup of coffee or two in the NFL. As the CFL regular season kicks off Thursday (Saskatchewan at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS), let's highlight 10 players U.S.-based fans would recognize. Some of them will overlap with this story naming some of the CFL's top NFL prospects. Vernon Adams Jr., QB, Montreal Alouettes You know him because: He was one of college football's top players while at Oregon in 2015. Adams, 24, turned to the CFL last summer after two failed tryouts with NFL teams. He signed with the BC Lions, then was traded to the Alouettes and started their final three games. That made it logical to presume Adams would enter the 2017 season as the starter, but the Alouettes' new regime instead acquired veteran Darian Durant and installed him as starter. Unless Durant falters or is injured, Adams will spend this season as a backup. You know him because: He scored a then-FBS-record 150 total TDs as Central Michigan's QB and was the Chicago Bears' sixth-round pick in 2010. ou know him because: He was the starter at Notre Dame for two seasons (2012 and 2014) and for one at Florida State (2015). Golson was a backup to Tiger-Cats starter Zach Collaros in 2016 and did not throw a pass. He's in the same Authentic Dion Lewis Womens Jersey spot this season for a team that has Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick on its negotiation list. LeFevour has spent time on the rosters of four other NFL teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the most part, however, he has bounced around the CFL since 2012. He played in four games last season for Toronto, and in 2017, he will back up Winnipeg starter Matt Nichols. With Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders locking up a five-year, $125 million extension, let's take a look at how much every starting quarterback makes. The following tables are sorted by total guaranteed money for injury (according to ESPN's roster management system) and also include each player's average annual salary (in the case of extensions, the APY figure is based on the extension, not the entire contract). Joe Flacco's contract pays him the sixth-most guaranteed money of any NFL quarterback, but he went 8-8 last year with a 58.6 QBR, which ranked 19th in the league. Cam Newton is the only quarterback in this group who ranked lower. Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan seem like a steal at their prices: They ranked first and second respectively in passing touchdowns last season. As the NBA draft approaches, the word that repeatedly comes into play for the teams at the top of the draft is "tanking." NBA organizations with little hope of competing for a playoff spot (let alone a championship) have Dion Jordan Authentic Jersey made an art form of paring their rosters in an attempt to amass draft picks and shots at true franchise-changing players over the past few years, with the Philadelphia 76ers serving as the highest-profile culprits. Baseball teams like the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs have bottomed out before rebuilding, with the latter organization riding its tank all the way to a World Series It's not a surprise, then, that the Cleveland Browns hired a quantitatively inclined executive away from another sport -- former Dodgers general manager and "Moneyball" character Paul DePodesta -- and subsequently followed the blueprint of how an NFL team might tank to a T. Along the way, they emulated the philosophies exhibited by some of the best organizations in football past and present, but the Browns still incurred some criticism after an ugly 1-15 campaign in 2016. They still seem closer to the Sixers than they do the Astros or Cubs, albeit after only one season of calculated losses. If the Browns succeed with their gambit, more teams will try to emulate their path to competency. Should they? It's a question worth exploring. Tanking in professional football isn't entirely different than it is in baseball or basketball, but it's not the same, and it's problematic enough that I doubt it's ever widespread. Let's consider those arguments and try to figure out whether giving up and aiming for the first overall draft pick is a coherent strategy in the NFL.