Signing ups ante

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland did more than just make a splash in Calgary yesterday.

His signing has created a ripple effect that's already worked its way to Henry Burris and agent Ken Staninger.

Staninger said the unemployed QB can't help but find the Stamps' offer more attractive now that the all-star receiver is on board.

"Henry's had a taste of success and his goal, as is any other player's goal, is to win a Grey Cup. And Henry's the first to admit he can't do it by himself," Staninger said.

"When you talk about the likes of Copeland, that gives the organization credibility that they're trying to rebuild this thing. It adds to their package and what they're trying to do."

Copeland was also grinning yesterday at the prospect of catching passes from the rocket-armed Burris, who led Saskatchewan to the 2004 West final.

"I like that and I can smile about that," Copeland said. "I hope this lingers in his mind and he decides to come here. Hopefully, when I get a chance to talk to him, and I am going to take the time to talk to him, I'm going to say what I've got to say and hopefully I can get him to come here."

The Stamps plan to bring Burris to Calgary this weekend to meet with management and coaches, and make their sales pitch.

Head coach and v.p. of football operations Tom Higgins suggests that offer will be more all-encompassing than merely a dollar figure.

"We will go aggressively after Henry but it's a bigger package than the monetary part," Higgins said. "We will be intelligent. We can't blow the roof off because we have some monetary restraints but it will be a very fair offer."

Staninger said he has talked to four teams other than Saskatchewan. He describes the Stampeders' interest in Burris as "serious."


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