Dynasty in the making?

ERIC FRANCIS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

For the last two weeks, Henry Burris has had a video camera strapped to his hand, recording everything.

With aspirations of getting into broadcasting when his career is over, the 33-year-old Grey Cup hero planned all along to edit and narrate a keepsake video for his teammates, chronicling their magical playoff run to the championship.

It's an interesting project, especially given the fact next year he could very well star in the exact same movie.

In fact, given the contract status of almost every major weapon on the team outside of NFL-bound Sandro DeAngelis and Brandon Browner, next year's Stamps sequel could even be enhanced.

HD, if you will: Hank's Defence.

As part of the Stamps' aggressive approach the last four years towards re-signing players well before their deals expire, the Sun has learned contract talks between Jim Barker and Burris' agent opened last week in Montreal with an eye on extending his deal.

Entering the option year of a contract that had him earning $350,000 each of the last four seasons, the Grey Cup MVP is now in line to exceed the $450,000 Ricky Ray earns in Edmonton.

With almost the entire offence under contract and set to return next season, one of the only question marks now revolves around how to ensure Burris has the same sort of support staff to guide him and the CFL's most potent unit.

Offensive coordinator George Cortez is a frontrunner for the Toronto Argonauts head coaching position, and given his credentials, it's only a matter of time before he's hired somewhere to do exactly what John Hufnagel did this year.

Of equal concern is finding someone to try filling the shoes of Dave Dickenson.

Not only did the savvy signing of Dickenson last winter give the club what appeared to be an important insurance policy had Burris gone down, but much more importantly, he became Burris' full-time sounding board.

Together the two roomies spent hours on and off the field dissecting defences and designing plays together, which played a large part in Sunday's 22-14 win in Montreal, where it was the second-half adjustments that prompted Burris to run more.

After suffering his fourth concussion in as many years at mid-season, Dickenson will soon announce his retirement.

Unless he decides he wants to accept the club's standing offer to stay on as quarterbacks coach, the Stamps will have a hard time replacing all the knowledge, inspiration and experience he brought to the table en route to his third Grey Cup run.

After years of being a destination few free agents considered due to Calgary's front-office instability, the Grey Cup win not only validates many of the moves ownership has made but makes McMahon Stadium an attractive destination.

With the signing of Mike Labinjo last week and the addition of one or two major free agents this winter, on paper this team could actually be even better than the squad that led the CFL in offence and defence in 2008.

During the Stamps dominance in the 1990s, Wally Buono used to regularly entice free agents to Calgary for less money than other teams offered by convincing them wearing Red & White gave them their best chance to collect playoff bonus money. By winning the Grey Cup, each player gets $22,600 from the league ($3,200 for the semis, $3,400 for the division final and $16,000 for a Grey Cup win), which can make a potential signee consider a lesser offer from the cap-tight Stamps.

With their playoff run, the Stamps have officially been transformed into Grey Cup favourites next season in their hometown.

It's an enticing lot to be associated with -- not just because of potential Grey Cup glory but because Burris and his bunch can help make newcomers a star either on the field or in Hank's next home video.


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