Stamps cut Boerigter

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Before the Calgary Stampeders hit the practice field to prepare for the Labour Day Classic, they made a tough decision on their overcrowded receiving corps.

The Stamps released highly-touted free-agent signing Marc Boerigter yesterday, putting an end to the question of who will be a healthy scratch for the matchup with the Edmonton Eskimos Monday.

"I don't think there is a clear-cut answer why it didn't work out for him here," said head coach Tom Higgins. "It had all the makings for it to be right.

"I don't think there was a lack of effort on the organization's side or the athlete's side. It is one of those things where it just didn't work, and sometimes you need to cut your losses and move on."

The Stamps get ready for the Eskimos with their receiving corps set with Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo as the imports, and Brett Ralph, Ryan Thelwell and Markus Howell as the non-imports.

Boerigter was a healthy scratch in the last outing, a tie against the B.C. Lions, and was injured the week before. Barring injury to one of the six receivers, the Stamps won't have to play the who's-in, who's-out game for the rest of the season.

"Professional athletes never get into too much of a comfort zone," Higgins said. "Hopefully that's going to be the case.

"The experiment with four (imports in the lineup) didn't work. The designated import didn't work.

"At some point in time, it had to end. All four (import) receivers needed to know that, and they did know that. I told them we wouldn't go that way all year long and we would make a decision.

"It was tough on them, but it was also tough on the quarterback and the offensive coaches and myself on dealing with that every week."

Although Boerigter didn't ask for a trade, the Stamps shopped him to every team in the league but didn't find any takers.

In five games, Boerigter caught 16 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown.

"He's such an outstanding young man. For it to not have worked out, disappointing is a way to look at it. We can only wish him the best," Higgins said.


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