New deal for Burris not in cards just yet

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Before anybody could ask, Nik Lewis broached the subject himself.

"I'm sorry my name is not Henry," he said.

"Thank you for showing up."

Lewis was the star attraction yesterday at McMahon Stadium, where the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders announced the shifty slotback had signed a long-term extension with the club.

Nowhere to be found was quarterback Henry Burris, the man who has tossed Lewis the majority of his 383 career receptions, the reigning Grey Cup game MVP and a key ingredient to the team's long-term success.

It's no secret Burris' agent has also been negotiating an extension with the Stamps, but if a new pact has been finalized, it hasn't been made official.

After yesterday's announcement, Calgary head coach/GM John Hufnagel said nothing is imminent.

Burris' teammates don't seem too concerned about the future of the veteran pivot, whose current contract runs through the end of this season and includes an option for 2010.

"I think that's kind of like a no-brainer," said running back Joffrey Reynolds.

"He is definitely the leader of the offence and the leader of the team. It wouldn't feel right playing with another quarterback."

Burris tossed a career-best 39 touchdown passes last season, leading the Stamps to a CFL-best 13-5 regular-season record and a Grey Cup championship.


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