Who will be back in Red & White?

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

The last time a quarterback shook off his critics and led his squad to a Grey Cup victory, he was rewarded with a one-way ticket to Toronto.

The CFL is that unpredictable.

Although some three-down football fans are still scratching their heads at the 2007 off-season swap that sent hero Kerry Joseph from the CFL champion Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Argonauts, it'd be an even bigger shock if the Calgary Stampeders said goodbye to star quarterback Henry Burris.

"I heard (GM John Hufnagel) is talking to the Moncton Marauders, so you never know," Burris said yesterday with a chuckle. "Or maybe the Moose Jaw Rebels."

Rest assured Stamps fans, Burris, named the Most Outstanding player in Sunday's 22-14 Grey Cup triumph over the host Alouettes in Montreal, will be back in Red & White next season. Ditto for key offensive weapons like receivers Ken-Yon Rambo and Nik Lewis.

Who will be lining up alongside them is anybody's guess.

In the CFL, contract details are usually kept under lock and key, making it difficult to keep tabs on which players will return and which might be suiting up elsewhere.

Asked yesterday about his status for next season, rookie safety Milton Collins offered: "Who knows? I'm a Stampeder right now."

Outspoken defensive end Eddie Freeman called himself "a free agent with an exclamation mark behind it."

Linebacker JoJuan Armour couldn't hide his smile as he pondered his own future.

"I think I might get into some acting," he said.

If you're planning to purchase a Stamps jersey and have your favourite player's name stitched on the back, you might want to hold off for a few months.

Kicker Sandro DeAngelis and cornerback Brandon Browner intend to test the waters south of the border. Offensive linemen Jeff Pilon, receiver Ryan Thelwell and Armour might opt for retirement. Head coach/GM John Hufnagel has the final say, and could shuffle the deck with a trade or two or by releasing spare parts.

Defensive lineman Howard Hodges knows the possibilities are endless. The Iowa product signed a two-year deal last May and will be back at McMahon Stadium when training camp opens next June, "unless coach Hufnagel sees something different."

"Unfortunately, this isn't college where you stay with the same people for four years. There is going to be a 2009 Stampeders," Hodges said.


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